Interesting post on Kos pointing out that the new PPP poll showing Obama recovering with a solid +4 lead over Romney may be more than the news cycle moving past Obama's performance in the first Presidential debate. The post points out that the beginning of a huge barrage of Romney attack ads hit the airwaves immediately after that debate, and that negative ads lose their impact pretty quickly - especially when they're based on disinformation whose truthiness becomes well known. We can see that here in Connecticut, where Republican wrestling CEO Linda McMahon's relentless negative ads against Congressman Chris Murphy have fallen flat as soon as the Murphy campaign countered effectively with strong debate performances and message oriented ads.
So while Obama could have handled the first debate a bit more smoothly, he focused on speaking to independents with a solid message and maintaining likability. Since Romney was going to bomb heavily with negative ads anyway perhaps any strong showing would have been drowned out anyway as Romney's camp would have declared victory anyway, as they did after Biden wiped the floor with Ryan's sorry butt.
So Biden's push back reset the media debate, essentially canceling out a week of negative bombing by Romney. In the meantime, Obama's new ad with Morgan Freeman voice-overing with the photo of the Osama Bin Laden dead headline and great images of recovery progress combines the positiveness of Reagan's "morning in America" ad with the implied fear of turning back on progress that Johnson's "daisy bomb" ad had.
Anything can happen, of course, but at this point I reckon that the only thing that the Romney camp has left is stale tactics. Strategically he's dead. He's written off the elderly, women independents, Hispanics and is mostly counting on rallying his base. A good showing by Obama in the debates - not even a great one - and the deal is way done. With a great showing,it's building Senate seats and maybe even a shot at squeaking out a House majority.