Mitt Romney turned in what I believe is the best performance ever in presidential debates. He was crisp, bold, commanding, knowledgeable, friendly, respectful, firm, and relentless.
The reaction from the media was unprecedented in my experience. Romney's dominance of Barack Obama was so thorough and comprehensive that in the ensuing confusion Obama sycophants lost all control and committed widespread truth in their commentary.
On both style and substance Romney commanded the stage and left Barack Obama looking tired, bitter, and old. Worse, Obama looked small and overwhelmed. Not since October of 1980 has a Republican candidate for president walked out of a debate with such a clear win.
The contrast between the two candidates was startling. Romney came across as more intelligent, more knowledgeable, more of a leader, more inspirational, and more likeable. It was a surgical dissection of the little man who bluffed his way to the White House in 2008 but has since been exposed as a poseur and fraud.
Over the next 3 to 5 days I expect to see the tracking polls move sharply in Romney's direction. Look for Romney to take a 2-4 point lead in Rasmussen and reach parity in Gallup which is still polling registered voters. Then new non-tracking polls will begin to show the same movement.
By this time next week Romney will be viewed as the front-runner and the media me-me will be that Obama has to score a knockout in the second debate.