Garden, Folger Shakespeare Library

Garden, Folger Shakespeare Library

Last night was surreal for me. There was the debate, then there were the reactions to it. The reactions differed wildly depending on who and where you were. Among some folks online, the reaction was that Obama "lost" because he didn’t bite out McCain’s throat and spit it back in his face. Among most of the media, various groups of uncommitted voters, and my spouse, my self, and our friends, the general reaction was that Obama bested McCain quite nicely, that he won over independent and uncommitted voters, and that he did it whilst remaining a grownup. (UPDATE: Screenshots of CBS News’ instant poll coverage tell the tale.)

Get a hold of non-blog-reading friends and family who saw the debates last night, and find out what they thought of them. You might be pleasantly surprised.