I'm writing this in the afterglow of one of the worst debate performances (by both the President and the moderator) in history.
I'd love to think this won't smell as badly in the light of day and with the passage of a little time, but I know better. When an estimated audience of 60 million people tunes in to watch the theater of a debate, more than a few of them are undecided voters... and I can't believe anyone watching that debate came away thinking President Obama won the night.
There will be a moderate bump in the polls for Romney, and a lot (!) of pressure will suddenly be placed upon the shoulders of Paul Ryan and Vice President Biden going into their debate a week from tomorrow.
This was a very, very, very, very bad night for President Obama. That makes it a very bad night for America.
The Republicans sent a pit bull into the ring, and the Democrats tossed it a drugged puppy.
No amount of positive spin bullshit will make this look good, and I don't think time is going to help ease the pain.
We may very well have seen this race turn around completely in one disastrous debate performance by the President.