I stayed in & had a few beers Friday night to watch the debates w/ a few other people. I wasn't that impressed with either candidate- for different reasons.
Since I've never seen a John McCain performance that could be considered remotely impressive, I wasn't expecting much from him.
On the other hand, I personally think Barack Obama would be a more positive & effective President, but many people still don't really know his views or ideas. Therefore, I thought he really needed to completely discredit McCain's outdated worldview, philosophically & stylistically, to make an impact with the audience.
I was wrong, since almost all the polls showed voters, especially Independents, moving strongly toward the long-legged mack daddy.
Like in his acceptance speech, I didn't think Obama hammered enough on the countless failures & crimes perpetrated by the Republican administration & the Bush/McCain approach to governance. I'm a tough critic, though, & always think I can do things better.
Alot of people have still probably never even seen Obama speak in more than a soundbite... so apparently the fact that he wasn't up on stage acting like Flava Flav was impressive to the rest of the country.