As Jon Stewart said on the Daily Show, Obama is one lucky ###### to be up against a man and a party who are mad as a bag of frogs, only Romney is luckier to have fought for the GOP nomination against Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum et al. I'm an unashamed Obama fan, he can do no wrong IMO.
That sort of uncritical support is one of the reasons why Obama was in so much trouble during the debate. He's never been challenged since becoming president, while Romney was fighting off other challengers in the Republican nomination race and has honed a strong debating technique. And he has also been a target for most of the American media during that process, so he is used to handling criticism in a way that Obama isn't.
And, talking about politicians who are as mad as a bag of frogs, I see that former VP Al Gore is apparently claiming that Obama performed so poorly because he was suffering from altitude sickness. Apparently Denver is 5,000 feet above sea level, although it didn't seem to affect Obama too badly at the Democratic Convention, which I believe was also held in that city.
Wednesday night's debate seems to have revitalised the American election, and there now follows a debate between the VP candidates Biden and Ryan next week.
It's also worth noting that the official viewing figures for the debate were something in excess of 58 million, so we can expect Obama to be working hard to put right the things that went wrong this week.
The election is by no means a done deal.