Romney Gets Key Friday Night Lights Backing

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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS -- Pictured: (l-r) Taylor Kitsch as Tim Riggins, Gaius Charles as Brian "Smash" Williams, Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor, Scott Porter as Jason Street, Minka Kelly as Lyla Garrity, Zach Gilford as Matt Saracen -- NBC Photo: Michael Muller Photo: Michael Muller/© NBC Universal, Inc.

Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have borrowed from Buzz Bissinger's book Friday Night Lights, quoting that irresistible football team motto, "clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose." So it must be especially gratifying to Romney that Bissinger broke his way in a Daily Beast essay Monday, changing sides to support the Republican after Obama's lackluster debate performance. "Voting for a president is based on a combination of factual and emotional perception," Bissinger wrote, and Romney "showed vigor, and enthusiasm, and excitement."