The President needs to pick up his game here. Romney seems in control and he's hitting his talking points. The conservative media will call this a major success for Romney. It is a reminder that Obama is sensational with an engaged audience but can struggle in a sterile debating environment.
The US unemployment rate has edged down to 8.1% nationally but any failure to continue that momentum will be seized upon by Republicans.
The lackluster debate performance from Obama, who has been called the greatest communicator since Reagan, gave us our October surprise.
The dust is settling on a successful night for Mitt Romney but the show must go on.