During a Minnesota bus tour stop Monday -- the White House denies it was a campaign event -- President Obama referred to the debate and the 8-zip response to a 10-1 cuts-to-taxes debt reduction deal. "None of them would take it," he crowed. "Think about that. I mean, that's just not common sense."
On Sunday, the president's public approval rating in the Gallup poll fell below 40 percent. For all his talk of hope and change, Obama simply does not know how to quell the fear and uncertainty that weigh down the U.S. economy.
And yet the GOP field has handed Obama a handy talking point. Brilliant.