The failure of the Obama Administration to make any real headway over the past four years in solving America's many crippling problems is largely traceable to a single, initial cardinal error on President Obama's part: he didn't understand that his first priority on taking office was to begin breaking Republican legs. Instead, civilized man that he is, he was determined to deal with Republicans collegially. An admirable position to take, no doubt, but lethally misplaced politically in this case. If you're Barack Obama, today's Republicans are in no way your colleagues; the "Loyal Opposition". They are in fact your mortal enemies and their first priority — one they cherish above all others — is to make certain your past term is your last term and they will use any means to hand, civilized and honest or otherwise, to achieve that end. You want to deal with today's Republicans collegially? Well, you can do that. But first you must break their legs. Then you can deal with them collegially. We watched the presidential debate last night and it seems to us Mr. Obama has yet to learn that crucial lesson. The President dealt with Mitt Romney as if Mr. Romney were the Loyal Opposition instead of the political assassin he in fact is. And to make matters worse, Mr. Romney was in top form — a form the likes of which we never imagined him capable — and turned in a truly bravura performance ending by appearing more presidential than the President. Talk about a game-changing so-called "October Surprise"! Mr. Romney took charge of and commanded the stage throughout the entire debate and made Mr. Obama appear to be no more imposing and threatening or challenging to Republicans in general and Mitt Romney in particular than your typical college professor gently correcting, yet once again, one's errors of reasoning and logic but is too polite to call one out on one's outright falsehoods and distortions of the truth. Wise up!, Mr. President, or your past term will indeed be your last term.