I was told there would be teleprompters
No contest: Romney won. You can tell by the reaction over at MSNBC. Legal Insurrection has a roundup of the best tweets of the night and I liked Andrew Sullivan's: "This is a rolling calamity for Obama."
Extra - More tweets from Hot Air. Bill Maher: "Obama looks like he DOES need a teleprompter" and Chris Matthews (as quoted): "What was Romney doing? He was WINNING!" Oh my.
More - Charles Krauthammer: "Romney won by two touchdowns."
And more - Maggie's Farm: "Slap down."
Plus - Victor Davis Hanson "A bad night for Obama": "For so long has assumed Barack Obama has assumed that he will not face cross-examination from the media that he simply has little grasp of policy details, and in exasperation seems to look around for the accustomed helpful media crutch. But there is no such subsidy in a one-on-one debate, and only now it becomes clear just how the media the last six years have enfeebled their favorite."
This last point is in line with my prediction after "the private sector is doing fine" that Obama wouldn't have another press conference until after the election and, certainly, the laptop media wouldn't demand one. Obama's ability to explain and defend his record has atrophied and it showed tonight.