Watching the reaction today is laughable. Obama's bad performance has been blamed on everything from saying that Obama was rusty, to saying that Romney was too aggressive and Obama couldn't get in a word edgewise (even though, in total, Obama spoke for 4 more minutes than Romney), to blaming the altitude (we can thank Al Gore for that one!).
Check out this post-debate video by the DNC. This is the best they can come up with:
And, here is the RNC post-debate commercial (much better):
The fact is, you can't spin this one, Democrats! Obama lost and he didn't have to. He could have prepared the way Romney did. But, the fact is that Romney showed up as though his campaign depended on it (which it did) and Obama showed up as though the race is in the bag and he could just coast. Well, I'm thinking he won't make that mistake twice.