I stayed up last night to watch the US Presidential debate but wish I hadn't bothered. In the primaries there was a real sense that there was a meaningful debate about all aspects of the US economy and its politics. But in the three presidential and vice presidential debates so far, nothing could be further from the truth. All they have concentrated on is the other candidate's voting record. And it is very tedious.
I am tempted to score last night's debate as a boring no score draw. Each candidate played safe, not wanting to risk a gaffe. Tempted as I am, though, to score it like that, I won't.
Obama won the day, partly on the basis that McCain had to score a clear win and didn't. McCain looked and sounded so veruy old, that one's thoughts almost immediately diverted to the 'what if he died' issue. His answers were too often rambling and without direction. He relied far too much on his ability to be bi-partisan and his pointed attacks on Barack Obama sounded desperate and at times just plain nasty.
Obama was not at his inspirational best, but he was at least able to articulate a plan for the economy, which sounded vaguely thought out and plausible, in contrast to his opponent who filled his time with words, but not ones which amounted to very much.
So, just one debate to go, and not long before I have to jump off that very uncomfortable fence and decide who I would vote for.