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The Divine Mrs. Dunphy and I were otherwise engaged and weren’t able to watch the debate tonight, but we arrived home not long after it concluded to catch the spin on cable news. When I tuned in to MSNBC and saw the grim look on Chris Matthews’s face, I knew at once it had been a bad night for the President: it was the face of a man who had just seen a favorite pet run over in the street.
And when we watched some of the clips and listened to some of the commentary on both MSNBC and Fox News, we were gratified to learn that Mr. Matthews had good reason for being downcast. Mrs. Dunphy, who prior to becoming a wife and mother worked in the world of high finance, summed it up nicely. “In doing turnarounds,” she said, “Mitt Romney’s met a million Obamas, people who act like they know what they’re doing but really don’t. It’s people like that who get fired first.”