Given the instant reaction to last night's debate—both from pundits and the public, in polls—I don't know if anyone would have predicted that the first ad featuring a clip from the debate would come from the Obama campaign:
SCRIPT:So the first ad featuring a clip from last night's debate ... is from the guy who lost the debate? Isn't he supposed to pretend like this debate never happened? And didn't Mitt Romney have the night of his life? Isn't he supposed to ride it Rafalca-style to victory as President Obama slinks off after a 90 minute debate Completely Changed Everything?
“I’m Barack Obama, and I approve this message.”
Mitt Romney: “I’m not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. That’s not my plan.”
Andrea Mitchell: “The Nonpartisan Tax Policy Center concluded that Mitt Romney’s tax plan would cost $4.8 trillion over 10 years.”
“Why won’t Romney level with us about his tax plan, which gives the wealthy huge new tax breaks? Because according to experts, he’d have to RAISE taxes on the middle class – or increase the deficit to pay for it. If we can’t trust him here… [image of debate stage] How could we ever trust him here [image of Oval Office]?”
Or maybe—just maybe—last night was just a debate. Maybe Obama wasn't great on stage, but Mitt Romney's lies will have longer legs. Maybe this election won't be decided by one night alone. Maybe there's more to it than that.