Last night’s presidential debate was a winner for Gov. Mitt Romney, and it wasn’t because Moderator Jim Lehrer “lost control” of the candidates’ back-and-forth. Lehrer actually tried to help POTUS by giving him verbal crib notes on his standard talking points – to no avail. Obama just stamped his inner foot and voted “present.” The main stream media is having a collectivist tantrum because 1) Obama wasn’t likeable last night and 2) they lost control of the dialogue because the questions were real, and the debaters were permitted to speak freely.

Romney was likeable, but mostly he was a leader. He spoke about the origins of our Constitutional republic, its history and its fundamental values:

The role of government—look behind us: the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. The role of government is to promote and protect the principles of those documents. First, life and liberty. We have a responsibility to protect the lives and liberties of our people, and that means the military, second to none. I do not believe in cutting our military. I believe in maintaining the strength of America’s military. Second, in that line that says, we are endowed by our Creator with our rights — I believe we must maintain our commitment to religious tolerance and freedom in this country. That statement also says that we are endowed by our Creator with the right to pursue happiness as we choose. I interpret that as, one, making sure that those people who are less fortunate and can’t care for themselves are cared by — by one another. We’re a nation that believes that we’re all children of the same God. And we care for those that have difficulties — those that are elderly and have problems and challenges, those that disabled, we care for them. And we look for discovery and innovation, all these things desired out of the American heart to provide the pursuit of happiness for our citizens. But we also believe in maintaining for individuals the right to pursue their dreams, and not to have the government substitute itself for the rights of free individuals. And what we’re seeing right now is, in my view, a trickle-down government approach which has government thinking it can do a better job than free people pursuing their dreams.”

Sarah Palin warns us that Chicago/Axelrod may still bring about an October crisis that the country cannot leave in the hands of anyone other than the incumbent. That remains a realistic worry. But improving the performance of POTUS in upcoming debates may not be possible. The narcissist, affirmative action, teleprompter president has met his match in Mitt Romney.