Andrew Sullivan's desperation is palpable:
The Pew poll is devastating, just devastating. Before the debate, Obama had a 51 - 43 lead; now, Romney has a 49 - 45 lead. That's a simply unprecedented reversal for a candidate in October. Before Obama had leads on every policy issue and personal characteristic; now Romney leads in almost all of them. Obama's performance gave Romney a 12 point swing! I repeat: a 12 point swing.So, the media has noticed that the narcissist-in-chief is running a lazy, disinterested re-election campaign and appears to be throwing the election. Who could possibly have imagined that would ever happen? Who could have seen such a dramatic reversal coming? Anyhow, we'll know that Romney has the election in hand if he comes out strong on in the second debate and crucifies Obama on Libya and the murders of the American diplomats there.
Romney's favorables are above Obama's now. Yes, you read that right. Romney's favorables are higher than Obama's right now. That gender gap that was Obama's firewall? Over in one night.... Seriously: has that kind of swing ever happened this late in a campaign? Has any candidate lost 18 points among women voters in one night ever? And we are told that when Obama left the stage that night, he was feeling good. That's terrifying. On every single issue, Obama has instantly plummeted into near-oblivion.