I feel very ambivalent about presidential debates. They are gripping spectacle, and they do prompt further debates off-screen. But, as I've said before, the idea that people might make up their minds on whom to vote for on the basis of this choreographed stand-off, for which the candidates have been prepping for weeks (even if they claim they have only taken the previous Friday off for a bit of last minute mugging up). To put this another way, when it comes to choosing a President or a Prime Minister, their ability to "win" (whatever victory means in this context) in a debate of this sort is pretty low down on the list of what I am looking for.
Anyway, ambivalent or not, I was curious enough about how it would turn out to have the telly on in bed in the early hours of Tuesday morning to watch/listen in a semi-conscious sort of way. (The husband was awake for every minute and claims that I was occasionally in the land of nod, but when I reheard the highlights the next day, I did remember pretty much all of them.)
So who did I think won?