5:05 pm ET
In a total reversal of what prevailed for the entirety of the last six months, now it is clear what message Mitt Romney wants to run on until Election Day, but/and it is not clear what the President wants to say.
Romney: Why would anyone expect the next four years to be better than the last four years if Obama wins re-election?
Obama: Big Bird? Romney’s a liar? Romney is out of touch? Romney put his dog on the roof of his car?
This dynamic could, of course, change again. But one of Chicago’s biggest advantages for months was message clarity, while Romney slipped and slid from one theme to another.
Not to overstate the case, but, post-debate, advantage Romney on this vital score.