Andrew Sullivan has his finger on the panic button. He thinks Obama has thrown in the towel.
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.
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:
Currently, women are evenly divided (47% Obama, 47% Romney). Last month, Obama led Romney by 18 points (56% to 38%) among women likely voters.
It's beginning to look like the blowout I've been expecting. Obama has been so utterly clueless. Every time a pundit the things Obama could do to turn the election around, the advice is quickly followed by a disclaimer. Obama won't do that, whatever it is which is usually something sensible. But as Sullivan observes, Obama is clueless.
And we are told that when Obama left the stage that night, he was feeling good. That's terrifying.
So maybe Obama was feeling good, and maybe he wasn't. But I sure was.