I think most people could agree that the debate was fairly equal in terms of substance; if you agreed with one candidate at 5:59pm, your opinion was no different at 7:31.
Jim Lehrer started off by encouraging the candidates to speak directly to each other. It was a legitimate request; Barack Obama and John McCain know each other. They've worked together in the Senate.
Obama immediately picked up on this and was completely open and direct in his body language. He addressed McCain directly as "John" and called him out when he strayed from the truth.
By contrast, McCain never even looked at Obama.
He directed all of his comments to Lehrer and never once called Barack by name. Obama might as well not have been there.
McCain's message was pretty clear. As far as he was concerned, Obama wasn't really there. And if he was, he certainly wasn't worthy of consideration.
If McCain was coached on this, and he most certainly was, that was very carefully calculated to send a certain message to the American people.
Now, not having a TV myself, I went to watch the debate in a hotel bar. After it was done, I talked with a hotel worker about the outcome. He said he thought both candidates were crazy, but he also said, "I just couldn't vote for Obama. I don't trust him."
And even though you didn't say it, you knew why.
And it's scary. It's scary that America is so racist. If we can't make the right decision, I'm all for California seceeding from the union.
Arnold can be our president.
And you know what the really scary thing is?
I'm not kidding.
UPDATE: If anyone saw Sarah Palin's interview with Katie Couric: Why does Sarah call her running mate by his full name? Are they not even on first-name terms yet? Yikes.