Denver is known as the Mile High city and as far as Al Gore is concerned, the high altitude, the thin air of the city may have been a contributing factor to President Obama’s poor debate performance agains Mitt Romney on Wednesday night.

I’m going to say something controversial here, Obama arrived in Denver at 2 p.m. today – just a few hours before the debate started. Romney did his debate prep in Denver. When you go to 5,000 feet, and you only have a few hours to adjust – I don’t know…

Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel.  Yes, it can take time for some people to adjust to the altitude in Denver, but the president has been there many times before for speeches and has never shown any ill effects, until now apparently.

Then again when it comes to climate, we all know how accurate Gore has been in the past.

The fact is that Obama came into the debate totally unprepared and his performance was so stunningly bad, that even the liberal media couldn’t provide cover for their favorite son.

It wasn’t the altitude, but the attitude that sank Obama in Denver on Wednesday night.

The much anticipated debate between Republican presidential nominees Mitt Romney and Rick Perry (and a few others)  took place last night and the results were largely as expected with the two top nominees duking it out leaving the other candidates fighting for their table scraps.

Romney who is more experienced in the debate arena than Perry as a result of his presidential run in 2008 held his own and didn’t make any major mistakes though his answer to a question on whether or not he was a member of the Tea Party was a cop out.

Perry who will probably get better as time goes by disappointed the liberal media with a solid performance and not coming off as a country bumpkin though his calling of Social Security a Ponzi scheme will undoubtedly raise a few eyebrows in states like Florida with a large senior citizen population.

Ron Paul showed that he deserves to be a part of the conversation if for nothing more than he knows Rick Perry better than anyone else in the GOP field and isn’t afraid to go on the offensive against the current front runner.

Michele Bachmann who won the Ames, Iowa straw poll appeared to be lost as she tried to find the voice that made her a media phenom earlier in the campaign and stumbled badly when asked a question about illegal immigration.

Jon Huntsman only enhanced his RINO credentials when he went criticized the other candidates for refusing to recognize global warming as a threat and supporting the theory of evolution.  He also said a conservative candidate couldn’t win the presidency which should signal the end of his campaign but probably won’t just yet.

Newt Gingrich probably got in one of the best lines of the night when he accused the moderator, John Harris of Politico of ” trying to get Republicans to fight with each other,” with his line of questioning.  But overall Gingrich showed he is still a policy wonk at heart who sounds good but puts everyone to sleep.

Herman Cain who has been wowing crowds with his speeches but has polled poorly didn’t do much to rise above the rest of the field and may have hurt his chances when he said that we need to fix FEMA and TSA rather than abolish them or use a free market solution.  That’ s all we need is to keep throwing more good money after bad.

Rick Santorum looked very concerned, worried or constipated and didn’t do anything to improve his chances of winning the nomination and makes me wonder why he is in the race except to feed his own ego.  Then again the same can probably be said of many of the candidates.

With several more debates scheduled it might be nice to have an American Idol elimination vote so that we can narrow the field and get to some more serious discussion of the issues rather than this merry-go-round format that is necessitated by a bloated field.

In the end the debates might give voters a clearer view of who they will want to support but the eventual nominee will still have to win the primaries next year and what they said last night might easily be forgotten in a few months when the real battle begins.

The final presidential debate Wednesday night turned out to be the debate conservatives had been waiting for almost.  John McCain who had spent the first two debates being overly polite to Barack Obama and enmeshed in talking points finally showed a little fire in the belly.

McCain spent most of the evening on the attack and looking rather confident as he hammered Obama on economic policy, Bill Ayers and health care.  Obama fr his part also appeared very confident but his goal during the debate was to hold steady and try not to lose any ground to McCain and he succeeded by reframing the questions rather than giving direct answers.

Overall McCain did win the debate though not by a large margin.  Yet when watching the television pundits or reading the newspapers yesterday it was as if the mainstream media had been watching a different debate.  I was tweeting  (www.search.twitter.com #debate08) the debate and there was an overwhelming number of Obama supporters on the site and maybe the media was taking their cue from them rather than objectively analyzing the debate.

There is no doubt that McCain could have done a better job particularly when the abortion and Supreme Court question came up.  He had an opportunity to make a definitive statement in support of the sanctity of life and how important it was to have Supreme Court justices who understood this and would apply the constitution rather than liberally interpret it.  Instead McCain talks about how proud he was to have put partisanship aside when he voted to confrim Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer to the Supreme Court.  I could sense the pro-life vote slipping away.

I am just glad that the debates are over and hope that McCain will spend the next 18 days hammering Obama for his liberal policies, his relationships with characters like Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright and his economic plan that would give people who don’t pay taxes a refund.  How responsible is that?

Obama is now trying to tell supporters not to get too confident and lower their expectations, but thanks to the media the Democrats have regained their momentum and if you thought the 2006 elections were a disaster then you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.