For substance, I'll point to Andrew Sullivan's live-blogging at the end of the McCain part:
9.57 pm. McCain's evolution into a candidate who knows how to stroke the Christianist base is somewhat impressive. It was a little canned at times, but it will work with evangelicals. All in all, this struck me as pretty much a draw....And here's a segment of the Obama part:
8.42 pm. ... So far, this is a masterful performance. Having watched nothing but ads and soundbites and speeches for the past few weeks, I'd forgotten a little bit what a class act he can be.Here's what Glenn Reynolds said about that:
8.34 pm. What a great moment in the history of race relations that a black presidential candidate can say that he would not have nominated Clarence Thomas - because he wasn't qualified enough!
OBAMA JUST SAID CLARENCE THOMAS DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH EXPERIENCE TO SERVE ON THE COURT: Kinda ironic, huh?Allahpundit notes that he didn't complete the word "experience" and has the video:
So Obama had the wit to perceive the irony and squelch it.
It seems that disrespecting Clarence Thomas is going to be getting a lot of attention.
Let's check out FireDogLake:
... So far, Obama's won the night.Strange emotional venting. Seems to me that they both fudged the meaning of rich, and that the definition is not such a big deal.
And let me add -- I fucking hate Rick Warren....
Most annoying to me, McSame refused to define what rich is and what middle class is. Warren asked this for a reason, and McSame weaseled it. Obama, who gave a very direct answer, looked like the straight-talker.
Obama wins the night, by a big margin.
ADDED: In fairness to FireDogLake, I think the line "I fucking hate Rick Warren" is probably meant as a wisecrack in response to his repeated calls for civility and as such, I find it amusing. If it's the usual random spew, then it's not funny.
MORE: Power Line reads the transcripts and likens Obama to Jimmy Carter.