First… This was not a game changer.
This was not Kennedy/Nixon in 1960. This was not Carter/Reagan in 1980. And this was not Clinton/Bush/Perot in 1992.
So what was it? It was just ok. An average debate that is unlikely to have much of an impact on anything.
I think this quote found on Townhall says it best…
“Is the race now different than it was at 9 p.m. eastern time?” asked ABC commentator George Will. “The answer I think is no. This wasn’t a game changer. Both had their familiar personas. Barack Obama was the rather tweedy professor conducting a national seminar. John McCain was a rather hotter personality, the national scold.”
And I will leave it at that.