First segment ran way, way over. This one is on deficit.

* Mitt promises to croak Big Bird. Don’t quite know why he had to point that out.

* Glad to see BHO bring up 10-1 question during primary debate. Mitt really needs to pay for that.

* Maybe it’s just me, but Mitt seems to be getting a little frantic.

* Ah, here’s the supply-side argument! Apparently, anything else is Spanish.

* Lehrer really letting these guys take total control.

* Romney clearly fixated on responding to every BHO point.

* Don’t know if Mitt ought to be identifying himself with Tommy Thompson right now.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.