8:59 PM: Okay, and here we go.
9:03 PM: If you want to vote for a short man for president, you’re disenfranchised.
9:05 PM: Auto industry, auto industry, auto industry … ‘economic patriotism’ hits a lot of points for Obama.
9:08 PM: And also small business, small business, small business. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
9:10 PM: Like two boxers just dancing.
9:11 PM: And now we get down to the debate over taxes.
9:12 PM: Curious whether Obama’s going to press Romney on his tax numbers just not adding up. He hasn’t pressed the point.
9:13 PM: “By the way, I like coal.”
9:15 PM: Obama seems tight.
9:16 PM: Getting curious whether Obama is by design setting a trap for Romney. His numbers are just wrong here. Numerous economists say Romney’s numbers don’t work. And he’s doubling down.
9:22 PM: Simpson-Bowles!
9:23 PM: Romney=Bush. But why doesn’t Obama mention Bush’s name? Weird.
9:25 PM: Romney is uber-prepared. Double-uber prepared. Can barely find seconds to fit all his words and examples into. Obama seems tentative.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.