Indeed, to my amazement, and despite a large glass of Irish whiskey, I did not fall asleep on tonight's debate. I felt a good deal of empathy for Jim Lehrer. It's a totally crappy job, but Jim had to do it. From time to time, he looked really uncomfortable.
What I liked best was that it was pretty thoroughly wonky, and that they actually were allowed to address each other. Most of America, I suspect, switched off to the entertainment networks early on. Nevertheless, I stuck in there, looking for what actually counts — the emotional content.
Personally, I thought Romney looked kind of manic. Those broad grins and wide, glittering eyes struck me as more than a little creepy. Obama, mostly, looked old. What's better or worse from the perspective of the American public — creepy or old?
I thought Obama passed up an excellent opportunity when he failed to assert that he based Obamacare on Romneycare because he thought it was conservative enough to attract some Republican support — given that it was a product of the Heritage Foundation.
What the hell. The "undecideds," if such assholes actually exist, were watching "Storage Wars" or "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." Indeed, I myself might have been watching "Bridezillas!" (Well, actually not.)
Next up, Biden v. Ryan — which, I'm betting, will be the best debate of all, given that it is most likely to demonstrate that American politics is an exercise in idiocy.