It occured to me after the Hofstra event was over that those who were likely most affected by last night debate were those who were inclined toward Obama in the first place but who wanted a little boost from him.
Seems that over the past week, despite what the polls were saying - about Romney's slight jump in the numbers - the real gain for Romney came from those who were in his corner anyway and who then began speaking up with more fervor and much more loudly.
On Obama's side, his previous lackluster showing - and that's putting it kindly - really turned off many who were in his base and who apparently were responding with nonchalance, or even irritation, as the post-debate appeals for time and money poured into their message machines or email boxes.
Now, after last night at Hofstra, the opposite will be happening. It's MSNBC that will be chortling and pumping their fists, in a remake with different faces of what Fox had been doing the past two weeks.
Perhaps the biggest boost of all for Obama came from the happy lady who hugged him at the end: Michelle.
Can you imagine the chill that was in the room when Michelle and Barack were alone at night after the two-weeks-ago fiasco.
No wonder he got back on the case!