This week’s numbers: 58%; 3%; 1; 4; 27%
58%… is a mixed number. That’s how many CNN viewers thought Romney would do a better job of handling the economy after the second debate. They heard him say “I know what it takes” so many times, they just assume he’ll tell them the secret one day.
3%… is a qualified number. According to Reuters, that’s how much higher Obama scored on appearing presidential after the second debate, which should bump him up to 103 percent, since he is literally the president.
1… is a premature number. That’s how many jobs were created during the debate, as Romney promised one to his first questioner if he’s elected. Just 11,999,999 to go and he can cross unemployment off his first-term agenda.
4… is a verbose number. That’s how many more minutes Obama got to speak than Romney did, which critics cite as evidence of moderator bias. But he also spoke longer during the first debate, which suggests that it really helps to have something to say.
27%… is an unbound number. That’s how many senior staff positions were held by women by the end of Mitt Romney’s term as governor — a 3 percent drop from when he took office. Was he collecting all those women in binders so he could trade them for a good rookie card?
Tim Price is Deputy Editor of Next New Deal. Follow him on Twitter @txprice.