As for the debate itself, who cares. It wasn't a debate of ideas per se, it was a dog and pony show to spout sound bites. Those who went in liking one candidate, likely left preferring the performance of that candidate.
I like Sarah Palin, but I cannot listen to her with out having Fargo flashbacks. (UPDATE: See this post from VDH) Ten minutes listening to Joseph Biden reminds you that you can't spell Joseph Biden without B. S.. In this day of YouTube and Google, why would he try to get away with whoppers like this:
October 2, 2008 Joe Biden: Can I clarify this? This is simply not true about Barack Obama. He did not say sit down with Ahmadinejad.
July 23, 2007 Anderson Cooper: Would you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries? OBAMA: I would. And the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them — which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration — is ridiculous.
October 3, 2008 10:57 a.m. Obama Biden Website: Obama supports tough, direct presidential diplomacy with Iran without preconditions.
That my friends is called a lie, or fib if you will. Is it possible that this is just an honest mistake or that Biden miss spoke? No. Here's why. Biden himself admonished Barack Obama in July for saying he would meet with Ahmadinejad without preconditions:
Afterward, other candidates echoed Clinton’s criticism. Sen. Joseph Biden, who has emerged as the clear-eyed antiwar realist in the Democratic race, told National Review Online that the idea of a president meeting with Ahmadinejad, Chavez, and others was “naïve.” “World leaders should not meet with other world leaders unless they know what the agenda is, so you don’t end up being used,” Biden said. “When I went to meet with Milosevic before the war, the condition I met with him was that no press would be available, I’d only meet him in his office late at night, and I wouldn’t dignify being seen with him.”
Hope and change indeed.
Major Hat tip to Andy McCArthy