New Paul Krugman blog post points to the many in the GOP, and GOP-friendly press, now moaning about what a weak candidate they have for prez. He asks, as I have, why are they surprised? Romney got the nomination against a field of losers. Then he picked Ryan, who has never sold his plan or himself to the public, just to the Beltway pundits. Finally, he is in the position of having to "win" the debates when his backers forget that this rarely helps a candidate much unless the opponent acts like a fool, which is not Obama's calling card.
I would add a 4th: there are only about 19 true "undecided voters" left in the USA so any gain would likely be small, anyway.