Romney's near perfect campaign event was interrupted by a heckler screaming "Climate change caused Sandy!" just one of the signs that, outside of the Farm Bureau Center, Virginia might not be Romney country after all.
It's hard to believe that any voter hasn't already decided whom to vote for -- but also that any undecided voter isn't terminally depressed by the TV ads, fact-free spin and invective. Here's an undecided-voters guide to 10 topics that Obama and Romney are arguing about.
The second debate will be remembered as the moment when President Obama crafted a performance that forced Mitt Romney into some of the most uncomfortable television moments ever hatched by a presidential candidate.
This was the debate that finally exposed Mitt Romney as an empty suit running a campaign that is disingenuous at its core. The president exposed to millions of Americans just how hollow Romney's claims are.
How could so many pundits, even the blatantly liberal ones on MSNBC, be so enamored of show biz style over substance that they inverted the real story and the secondary one? President Obama may not have shown enough fight, but these pundits showed less.
Just like the Apollo-Rocky II Superfight, the president's team has slogged it out and not just clawed back into the fight, but now has Romney on the ropes. But Romney is still standing, and there's a bunch of time left before the final bell.
Romney's comments that Obama supporters are all dependent on the government is the kind of hyperbole that grows out of anger. Foolishly, Romney has targeted this anger at the American people, some of whom are considering voting for Romney.
Every election year, the two parties choose the agendas and issues to highlight and ballyhoo. Often it feels as though we citizens have little power to turn the conversation to the issues we want addressed.
Pound for pound, Mitt Romney doesn't match up well with Obama, so they've unconsciously created an alternate presidency they abhor. Clint Eastwood manifested this dysfunction when he debated that empty chair on the stage in Tampa. But the man in that chair isn't really there.