So why would Noonan suggest that this debate, as opposed to the other two dozen or so presidential debates he participated in, really defines Mr. Obama? Because it fits her preconceived notion of the president -- that he's a dull, unhappy man who is overmatched.
How our nation treats its children reflects our societal values. Children can't vote. They depend on us -- parents, grandparents, pediatricians, teachers, and other child health advocates and professionals, to do right by them.
That the commander in chief would outperform the challenger on foreign policy was perhaps to be expected. But his sharper summary of future goals and his willingness to package Romney as a retro, Bush-Cheney reprise were refreshing additions to the president's arsenal.
There's a haunting Orwellian aura to Romney's shape shifting. Suddenly, the past is rewritten. Previous positions are, to use Nixon's phrase, "inoperative." Utterly new positions are asserted as ones that have always been firmly held.