Mitt Romney seemed unusually peppie and high energy last night and several people have commented on his somewhat pinned pupils. I couldn’t watch the entire show; it didn’t really hold my attention, and the moderator didn’t seem to be in control, but I could see Romney’s energy level was clearly higher than Obama’s. Also Romney kept his head high, while Obama spent too much time staring downward, as if Romney’s penetrating gaze was wearing him down. My first thought was that Romney took a “go” pill, which, as long as it was prescribed by a physician would have been entirely permissible for a devout Mormon like Romney.
Early on, when Obama realized he was dealing with a moving target, he delivered his best line, something along the lines of, after months of campaigning, Romney’s new strategy is “never mind,” (referring to Romney’s often touted tax relief for the rich, a plan suddenly abandoned along with a lot of his other Republican talking points). Romney moved so far towards the center last night, it was difficult to tell who the actual liberal was. If the other two debates continue along these lines, Obama can start sending out his resume. He’s so much more effective when reading off a teleprompter and really needs to memorize some stock answers that shift his demeanor to an offensive position.