Interesting and and telling link, Nick. -- http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/09/mitt-romney-man-all-reasons --
I'm curious as to your opinion on the debates. With Obama suffering from the economy and his mixed record while Romney struggles with personal unpopularity and a clinical case of the flip flops, I see the debates as essential.
I expect their impact will be as powerful as they were during the Kennedy/Nixon campaign. I am hearing from various pundits, left and right, that Romney is a skilled debater who will almost certainly win at least one of the debates.
As an old debater, I don't see it. Romney did very well in the Republican debates, but he was up against a set of incompetent, often incoherent opponents. Even Gingrich was a pale, sickly shadow of the powerful manipulator he had been.
I saw Romney as a competent debater, not a great one. Furthermore, he was subject to damaging his performance with with jarring oddities that emphasized his wealth and sense of entitlement. I would be surprised if he wins any of the debates.
My question is, what do you expect? Care to make a prediction? How about an estimate?