Debate Surprise: The President Unites the Country
His collapse recalls the disaster of 1960, when sitting Vice-President Richard Nixon ended up looking weak and ineffectual in the first televised debate ever, being lectured and dominated by an energetic opponent.
Yet Mitt Romney was no JFK last night, just a pumped-up salesman selling the latest model of himself with evasions and distortions that a lethargic President seemed too tired to swat away with the disdain and tartness they merited.
What could Barack Obama have been thinking? Was he inhibited by worries about appearing to be an angry rather than professorial black man? Did he fear turning off “independent” voters by putting an unruly student in his place? Was he deeply offended by having to get on the same level with the likes of Romney?
Or is what we saw last night emblematic of a real problem…