On the morning after his abdication, perhaps President Obama can take comfort in the fact that he wasn't the poorest performer at Wednesday night's debate.
That title goes to Jim Lehrer, a thoroughly distinguished newsman who flailed and floundered -- painfully, endlessly, horribly -- as all of his mushball questions got deftly tossed aside by multi-taskmaster Mitt Romney, who pulverized Obama while stealing the moderator's job as well as the show.
The Republican challenger adroitly outmaneuvered Lehrer, who seemed to think he was moderating a debate between a couple of gentlemen running for president of the Ho-Ho-Kus civic association...circa 1960.
Which happens to have been a prime time for a peerless satirist who shares the moderator's surname.
Tom Lehrer's pithy wit and catchy rhymes would have lightened the night for anyone saddened by the spectacle of a fine journalist -- and a capable president -- looking so utterly ineffectual.