Western Hero beat me to the punch on this one with his post titled Why The Debates Don't Matter.
His analysis is spot on and historically, presidential debates really don't affect the outcome of elections. Everyone is giddy for the opening dish tonight with Obama vs. Romney Round 1. But here is how it will turn out:
Each candidate will go through their prepared remarks, their prepared jabs, and their prepared answers. It might get a little testy at times, with each going off script. Romney will confront Obama on his dismal economic record to which Obama will respond with attacks on Romney's so called outsourcing while at Bain Capital. They will then shake hands and the media will gleefully declare Obama the winner.
The fact is, Obama doesn't have a leg to stand on, whether it is economic or foreign policy, yet people still blindly follow him simply because he is black. 8.2% unemployment for 43 straight months? Bush's fault. Anemic economic growth? Bush's fault. Collapsing foreign policy in the middle east? Bush's fault.
Obama has a solid 47% of this country sewn up. He has the voting bloc known as the stupid vote in his corner, and no outstanding debate performance by Mitt Romney will change that.
Prepare yourself for these debates. No matter how well Romney performs, he will be declared the loser in the dying, withering carcass known as the media.