Sorry folks. The weight of 14 hour days for minimal pay came crashing down on my shoulders last night as it periodically does. I meant to take a refresher nap and the next thing I knew it was 3 in the morning. Fortunately, there’s this thing called the Internet:
TPM— Mitt Romney needed the first presidential debate to go smoothly and without major bumps. Even his harshest critics in the Obama campaign acknowledged after the debate ended here Wednesday night that he hit those marks.But he also exposed himself to new criticisms over his still-vague proposals. President Obama, who spent most of the night on the defensive, still got a few licks in of his own. His campaign said afterwards it didn’t expect Romney’s performance to change much.
One thing about Obama that droves the progressive ‘sphere nuts in the early days of his Presidency: he doesn’t engage. I’ve never heard an explanation as to why this might be beyond vague pronouncements that it’s not his style, whatever that means. Obama certainly has the intellect and poise under pressure to deliver any of a dozen mortal blows the right has made available. But he rarely does. None of us know why.
In this case, though, I believe it worked against him. Obama might have been able to put this election away last night. Instead the usual suspects are crowing that Mittens didn’t fold , the media is giddy with at the thought of a horse race, and networks and political strategists all over are euphoric thinking about the sweet ad revenues that go with it.