In her blog addressing the status of the race, Jennifer Rubin discusses how the remarkable debate performance has swung the race’s momentum decisively in Romney’s direction.
The reasons for this are twofold, and given the current and developing mess in Lybia, Obama’s perceived strength in foreign policy may be under attack as well.
First: the debate showed that Gov. Romney wasn’t the scary, heartless capitalist that Obama’s campaign had painted him as. Rather, he looked like a rational, clear eyed alternative. This lit a fire within the base and defused the negative attacks that had been the centerpiece of Obama’s ad campaign throughout the summer.
Second, (and this may prove a festering problem for the Obama as the campaign rolls on) is that the intelligence community was thrown under the proverbial bus by Joe Biden at the last debate. There is a distinct probability that there starts to be a drip, drip, drip of damaging information for the administration in the coming weeks. Don’t be surprised if something especially damaging the days leading up to the final debate on foreign policy. In fact, this might be within one of these leaks that we find the true October surprise. (This is of course leaks shouldn’t happen, as it is bad for the country, but they do happen nonetheless.)