I went to the spin room after the debate, looking for someone from ABC in order to ask them about the questions in the first half of the debate. Unfortunately, in the spin room, a vortex of discourse was eating its own tail as the signifier drowned the signified in a rusty bathtub in the corner, so I fled out of a deep sense of existential horror. As I was walking back to the filing center, I passed Governor Ed Rendell just as he was finishing an interview. Afterwards, appearing very happy, he said the following to someone standing next to him, revealing not only what he thought of the debate, but also of the early questions at the debate:
"Even an Obama Kool-Aid drinking guy like yourself has to admit she scored a decisive victory tonight. A decisive victory. A knockout blow. A decisive victory. A decisive victory. Even more decisive when they started asking real questions."
The part in bold is an exact quote, even if I might not have accurately remembered exactly how many times he said "decisive victory." (He said it a lot.) It was a candid, off-the record moment that I was able to catch because I was only standing five feet away. Far more informative than the spin room where, as I type this, the ghost of Jean Baudrillard is performing an autopsy on the bloated, water-logged corpse of the signifier in American political news media.
Feel free to call ABC News and tell them what you thought about their debate. The number is 212-456-7777.