The debate hasn't ended but Republicans are already claiming this a triumph for Romney. Political analyst Bill Kristol: "Best debate performance by a GOP Presidential candidate in more than two decades."
Expect much more of this in the coming hours. Democrats acknowledge in private this has been a big disappointment.
But their hope is that it hasn't swayed the undecided voters and moved the needle towards Romney. I suspect that's wishful thinking. It may not last 4 weeks but Romney will get a bounce out of this.
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.