The New Republic's numbers guy, Nate Cohn, spreads a bit of gloom:
This is probably Romney’s best polling day of this election. Not only did he hold leads in the battleground state polls but Romney made relatively large gains compared to pre-DNC surveys.
[P]ollsters didn't decide to survey Ohio, Iowa, or Wisconsin; three states sufficient to reelect the president where Obama has led in most post-debate polls (italics mine).
That's a peculiar way of stating a negative, nonetheless it's positive.
Remember the lines from "Patton"? Valet: "One little dogface ... one measly little slap, that's what done it." And the general's reply: "I wish I'd kissed the son of a bitch." The inverse was true of Obama's debate. He did kiss the son of a bitch, thus setting in motion the immense fickleness of what must by and large be the world's dumbest undecideds. But of course if Obama had slapped the lying little dogface Romney, the punditry's cries of "angry black man" would have soared.
I'm scarcely panicked. In the next debate Obama will find a balance suitable for the media to proclaim a dramatic reversal in stature; and he still has Ohio, and as Ohio goes, so goes the election. But that a solid 90-minute wall of falsehoods and fabrications could so easily influence the swing vote is profoundly "disconcerting," as one little dogface once put it.