“… A historic defeat for a sitting president. Never has a POTUS been this badly whupped in a debate. It is that simple.
It wasn’t just that Obama was so bad, but that Romney was so good. Conservatives see a candidate they did not know they had, and independents see a candidate who could turn the country around. No way to predict what this will do to campaign over a week.
Take aways: trickle down government, “you pick losers,” and Solyndra and other green energy expenditures of 90 billion could have been 2 million teachers.
Throwing in the towel: Michael Moore, Andrew Sullivan, David Gregory, Ed Schultz.
Sports analogy: POTUS was the ’54 Cleveland Indians –winningest team ever, and lost the Series in four games.
Caution to Team Romney and salve to the left: Mondale beat Reagan in the first debate in ’04 (though not nearly as badly as Romney beat Obama tonight.)
On asking Lileks for an analogy, he noted that “Romney-Obama” will now serev as shorthand for a debate pummeling…”