I had missed this. Here’s Michael Barone (perhaps the best combination of well-informed and non-judgemental in political coverage):
… I like to say, there is nothing free in politics, but there is some question about when you pay the price. In this first debate Obama paid the price for the hands-off treatment he has received from mainstream media. His talking points, advanced by his spokesmen in the confidence that they will not be seriously challenged, were refuted by an energized and articulated and well-informed Mitt Romney. He stood there petulantly and pathetically, nonplussed by the fact that his flimsy talking points were effectively challenged. [emphasis added]
* Thanks to Greader for keeping this unread Mike Munger post from Kid Prefer Cheese until I had time to read it.