Did President Obama, Mitt Romney and Jim Lehrer get together five minutes before the debate and down a box of Sominex? Obama and Romney talked as if they had jetlag (all things considered they probably do) and when Lehrer interjected it sounded like he was going in and out of sleep.
President Obama was absolutely lacklustre in defending his term in office and seemed more comfortable talking about Bill Clinton's achievements than his own. He expressed his frustration for not having tax loopholes closed as if he hadn't been President for the past four years and as if his party hadn't controlled both Houses of Congress for two of those years.
Obama was ripe for the picking. But Romney spent half the night agreeing with him. He even apologized to Obama when he used the term "Obamacare". When Romney spoke of the middle class suffering over the past four years, he made no mention of the fact that Joe Biden feels exactly the same way.
Sure Romney got a couple of good points on Obama such as his promise to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion when he hasn't decreased the deficit by a penny over the past four years. He also raised a good point when he said that Obama could have hired a lot of math and science teachers if he didn't spend $90 billion on alternative energy like Solyndra.
Now I must say that my mother called as I was writing this post and she was absolutely ecstatic about Romney's performance. Frankly, she hadn't planned on watching the debate. She thought Romney had strong attention to detail and wouldn't let Obama get away with saying he was proposing a $5 trillion tax cut. But I think Romney went into too much detail and he ended up spending more time defending his platform than punching holes into Obama's.
However, my mother mentioned Obama making funny faces. Maybe they'll end up being like Al Gore's sighs. She also mentioned that Bill Maher sent out a tweet saying that Obama does need a teleprompter. This would be the Bill Maher that gave a $1 million to Obama's SuperPAC. If Bill Maher is worried then maybe Obama had a worse night than Romney after all.
I didn't think Romney had raised sufficient doubt about the Obama presidency. But now I'm having doubts about my doubts.