After watching the debates tonight and scanning through the reaction, there are some things that have really bothered me about the “Mitt Romney won” narrative that seems to have developed. The first thing I would like to point out: the immediate reaction, in the press, the punditry, and most voters, stems from the presentation from the two candidates. The comparisons of body language, energy, and general appearance are, of course, superficial, and only drive the first news cycle or two. Romney’s preparation, the expectation from his base, and his own political tendencies all but guaranteed he would come out attacking energetically. On this, he succeeded. He came off as energetic, and did a good job memorizing and delivering the zingers his campaign staff had prepackaged coming in to the debate.