President Obama won the staring contest, but he didn’t win the debate, and that means trouble for his re-election hopes.
Obama, needing a big night to revive his flatlining campaign, sneered and scoffed at Mitt Romney all night but couldn’t deliver the knockout blow that would stop the GOP nominee’s momentum. Romney looked more like the front-runner and Obama looked more like a worried incumbent.
The president’s snarky one-liners — such as lecturing Romney that “we have these things called aircraft carriers” — may have alienated some voters and will definitely fire up Republicans.
It was a risky strategy for the incumbent and showed what kind of trouble Obama finds himself in just two weeks before Election Day.