Even more delightful than the Wednesday night whoopin Mitt Romney put on Barack Obama was the pain expressed by left-wing media and other pundits clearly in shock at what was universally looked upon as the president’s disastrous performance.

National Journal Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier passed off the destruction of the Golden Boy as “the curse of incumbency.”  “Like many of his predecessors,” writes the longtime AP reporter, “President Obama fell victim Wednesday night to high expectations, a short fuse, and a hungry challenger.”

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“I don’t know what he was doing out there. He had his head down, he was enduring the debate rather than fighting it,” lamented Chris Matthews about Obama’s style and all-round effort in the important first public view of the two candidates. “Obama should watch MSNBC, my last point. He will learn something every night on this show and all these shows.” Obama’s leg-tingle shill no longer considers it necessary to hide from the public his belief that a few nights of following MSNBC programming would instruct the president as to the finer points of making his genius known to the American people!

And poor little Andrew Sullivan. “I can see the logic of some of Obama’s meandering, weak, professorial arguments,” wrote the supremely leftist flack, apparently unable to believe Obama hadn’t purposely thrown the debate, perhaps with some deep, future trap in mind for an oblivious Mitt Romney. Sullivan did eventually blame both Jim Lehrer, “one of the lamest moderators ever,” and Mitt Romney’s “very, very vague and deceptive” closing statement for at least a portion of Obama’s troubles. But in the end, even Sullivan had to admit that Romney had dominated the debate. In fact, so completely undone was Andrew that he actually said a bad word AND handed the election to Romney at the same moment! “How is Obama’s closing statement so f***ing sad, confused and lame? He choked. He lost. He may even have lost the election tonight.”

Bill Maher, one of a long line of liberal comedians who actually think themselves funny, went from months of trashing Mitt Romney to saying of Obama, “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Obama looks like he does need a teleprompter.”

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After initially blaming Jim Lehrer for having “allowed Mitt Romney to act as moderator”, apparently believing this somehow threw Obama off his stride, Obama spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter claimed the president actually accomplished his true purpose of connecting with voters at home. Never say die.

But the best excuse by far for Mitt Romney’s having cleaned the arrogant clock of the future one term president was offered by Al Gore. Being the expert he is in the diabolical vagaries of Mother Earth, Gore actually blamed the Denver altitude for Barack Obama’s drubbing. It seems Romney had prepared in Denver for an entire day while the president had arrived only a few hours prior to the debate. “When you come to 5000 feet and have only a few hours to adjust,” said Gore before trailing off into an ether of smirk and a knowing smile.

If anything equals the joy of watching Barack Obama, the reputedly golden-tongued idol of the American left go down in utter defeat, it’s watching the devastation of his shills as they grope for some new meaning in their once full and happy lives.  Mitt Romney is a cool and savvy customer. We may well be treated to widespread displays of liberal angst twice more before November 6th.

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