It was a solid and convincing victory for Mitt Romney. He kept his cool and demonstrated his unequivocal intellectual superiority over Barack Obama. I'm glad the debate allowed for some free flowing exchanges instead of being a overly scripted press conference. Obama couldn't handle hearing his policies being dismantled and dissected by Romney who is a true policy wonk. The President was extremely uncomfortable as Romney schooled him on his administration's domestic policy failures. Four years ago, the country let itself be seduced by blarney about change we can believe in. Obama's record of abject failure demonstrates his presidency has been four years of failed statist rhetoric and policies, increased debt, and decreased international strength and credibility. Romney also showed his genuine empathy for the individuals and families injured by Obama's arrogance and incompetence. Mitt will need to continue his amiable but aggressive attacks in subsequent debates. We now can look forward to seeing Paul Ryan continue the assault against Joe Biden in next week's vice-presidential debate. Tonight is a night for hope and confidence but much work needs to be done to end the incompetence, corruption, and despair of Barack Obama's presidency. Chris Matthew's angry and despondent response is especially delightful.