So why did Obama lose the debate?
The Daily Kos has a theory that Romney use a cheat sheet, though they don't explain why he didn't seem the need during the debate to look down at notes. You have to love the detail that they go into on this.
Yes it could be a hanky. But it falls kind of heavy, and stays uniform in it's fold. Plus it is flat. I have never seen a man's hanky be so uniform and flat coming from a front pant's pocket. Back pocket, yes, breast pocket in a jacket, yes.. but not the front pant pocket. . . .Obama himself seems to have a different explanation. Here is part of what Andrew Malcolm wrote up at Investors' Business Day:
He was completely thrown off-stride for the entire 90 minutes and 17,000 words by the appearance on-stage of a different Mitt Romney than the one Obama has caricatured for so many months. Good thing Russia's Vladimir Putin didn't show up.
Obama's debate appearance was so unanimously panned that Jay Leno said the only people who thought it was good were the NFL's replacement refs.
The morning after here's how the U.S. president explained his unpolished performance:
"When I got onto the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney. But it couldn’t have been Mitt Romney because the real Mitt Romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy.
The fellow on stage last night said he didn’t know anything about that.
"In fact, what the real Mitt Romney actually said about that in the debate was:"Let me repeat what I said. I’m not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. That's not my plan. My plan is not to put in place any tax cut that will add to the deficit. That's point one.
So you may keep referring to the $5 trillion tax cut, but that's not my plan." . . .