Kerry isn't the only one who whiffed tonight. The usually sharp gang over at The Corner went into full pillow-biting mode from minute one of the debate, and never really recovered. That despite the fact that "regular people" evidently kept sending them email after email telling them they were nuts.
My guess: they got caught cheerleading last time around ("Wow, he's really kicking it here! Bush is rolling over Kerry!") and were embarrassed enough that they stopped trusting their instincts. They went into self-flagellation mode and started seeing everything through Terry McAuliff's sunglasses.
Just goes to show you that even folks on the right can fall prey to groupthink.