The left must not have been mentally prepared for Obama’s stuttering, stammering, deer-in-the-headlights, dismal debate performance Wednesday night. Because the reaction from the left was total meltdown.

So I’ve compiled the best. Feel free to add your own in the comments.

The meltdown that started it all: Chris Matthews’s on Rachel Maddow’s post-debate coverage lost the tingles, which he followed up on Thursday’s Today segment with further lambasting of the Anointed One:

James Carville on CNN thought that Obama didn’t look happy to be there:

 

Mika Brzizinski of  Morning Joe fumed, “that makes me sick to my stomach. He needs to engage in the next debate.” (H/T Gateway Pundit):

From the New York Times:

The president didn’t call him on these issues. Why? The president let Romney interrupt and talk over him. Why? The president didn’t even mention Romney’s secretly recorded statement about the “47 percent.” Why?

The passion that the president exhibits on the campaign trail never showed up on the debate stage. To my mind, that was a mistake.

Nor did the indefatigable Michael Moore disappoint:

The Huffington Post writes that in a Thursday-morning conference call with David Axelrod, they held him to the fire on Obama’s comment comparing Romney’s and his social security plans and quoted this man:

“Oh my God,” said Eric Kingson, co-chair of the Strengthen Social Security campaign. “That is really very sad. Mitt Romney has written about it in one of his books … It also speaks to a lack of appreciation for the importance of this institution to our country … It really is remarkable that a Democratic president at this point in time would not draw a very dramatic line. They probably have to say, ‘I made a mistake, I misspoke.'”