A number of us were discussing the debate in the comments, you can find that here. But above is a pretty good summary of what we learned during the 90 minutes.
In all seriousness, I do think Romney explicitly talking about killing Big Bird (my language) was a mistake.
It was also a mistake for Romney to keep saying his Medicare plan wouldn’t apply to current seniors, only people younger than retirement age. Well, why not? If it’s such a great plan, why not make it apply to everyone? Romney’s admitting up front that his plan won’t be as good as the plan seniors currently get, otherwise he’d offer it to them. It was creepy.
And Romney saying he won’t raise any revenues at all, that it’s only tax cuts, is nuts. And it’s not the kind of thing the American people want. They like compromise. They want tax cuts AND revenue increases, and it’s not even clear they’re demanding tax cuts at all. But they certainly don’t want tax cuts alone.
Markos of DailyKos made an interesting point via Twitter as well:
Remember, a debate with no defining moments helps Obama. He is already winning. It’s Romney who needs to change dynamics.