This week’s numbers: 11; 27; 37; 4; 10.3 million
11… is an incurious number. That’s how few questions moderator Jim Lehrer asked during Wednesday’s 90-minute debate, though he posed hard-hitting follow-ups such as “The role of government. Your view?” and “Why is this happening? Is this real life?”
27… is a deceptive number. That’s how many misleading statements Mitt Romney made during the 38 minutes he spoke, as calculated by Think Progress. Fact-checkers are still puzzling over how to grade his closing statement, “This statement is a lie.”
37… is a surplus number. That’s how many times the national deficit was mentioned, while issues like climate change and labor rights didn’t come up at all. Apparently the topic of “domestic policy” ranges from Simpson all the way to Bowles.
4… is a genderless number. That’s how many times women were acknowledged during the debate. Half of them bartered for a good swing state anecdote, and the other two got a pass for being related to Barack Obama.
10.3 million… is a chirpy number. That’s how many tweets were sent during the debate, making it the most-tweeted political event ever. And only about half of that came from parody Big Bird accounts.
Tim Price is Deputy Editor of Next New Deal. Follow him on Twitter @txprice.