What a missed opportunity! Trump lied throughout the debate, failed to answer moderator questions, and left a lot of room for Biden to counter his false claims and demagoguery. Trump did nothing to help himself in this debate. He was dreadful.

But Biden’s performance wasn’t up to snuff either. He appeared old, lacking in energy and inarticulate which were the perceptions that Biden and his advisors wanted to dispel coming into the debate.

His failure to do so makes the climb to a second term, not impossible, but much steeper for sure. How much? We don’t know at this point. We’ll find out more in the coming week or two. What we do know is that Trump’s miserable performance tonight gives us further evidence of the overarching imperative to do whatever is necessary, including changing horses in midstream, to defeat him.