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lowstudent: Perhaps he will surprise me and do well going toe to toe in an honest debate. It is not that he is not fast of his feet, he is, but if he has to use facts? He is screwed, and if he gets mad he will go all red meat talking points, for which Romney will be totally prepared.

I wonder just how low the expectations have now been set for 0bama. I'm wondering if he manages to come out and not get pummeled as badly, will all the pre-written headlines go to print, about how he's got his mojo back! 0bama back on his game! This is just like the 1984 election, and 0bama is on his way to a Reagan-esque landslide victory with a victory probability almost as high as what Nate Silver might predict.

Mickey Kaus has already noted that the media is absolutely dying to write the "0bama comeback" story. Maybe they will take any modest improvement (i.e., not getting destroyed) in the debate to publish the stories they have already written.

That was fast: Before the debate, Mark Halperin said the press corps was itching to write the Romney comeback story. It turns out what they were really itching to write was the Obama-comeback-from-the-Romney-comeback story. You know, something like “How Obama reset his campaign.” … Glenn Thrush of Politico has, in fact, already written it: There’s already a “new narrative.” A “whipsaw transformation.” Obama “was radically different Thursday—not just calm but buoyant, loose, focused.” He gripped the podium with a fresh intensity! “That’s what he does when he’s really into it,” a “top” Obama adviser revealed. …

The Romney revival lasted, what, 12 hours? What appeared to be a neutral press yearning for a good horse race is looking more like the screenwriter’s need to throw some minimal obstacles in the hero’s path in order to make his ultimate triumph all the more satisfying.

I’m disappointed in my press-herd colleagues. I thought we kicked ‘em when they’re down. At least for a while.
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