This isn't going to be some long blog - we didn't learn much in today's debate. Here's what we did learn:
This debate changed nothing: at 8:30 am on Sunday, who else but me watched it? I found Jon Keller's questions "gimmicky" and far from hard-hitting. Let's get some real questions, Keller, okay? I believe there's a debate on Thursday, so let's hope that one's better (and at a time people will watch it).
We didn't learn much from the candidates during this debate. None of them really hurt their chances, I also doubt any of them did enough to jump to the head of the pack. We learned that Chris Gabrieli likes to make wife-beater jokes; Tom Reilly thinks he's special because - for the first time ever - he released his tax returns; for good or bad, Deval Patrick actually answered questions as opposed to avoiding them (tobacco addicts should hope the state doesn't need to raise revenue).
Do these things sound "gimmicky?" Well, Deval Patrick certainly did call some of Keller's questions just that. All things being equal, I think more people in Massachusetts probably watch Jessica Simpson advertising pimple cream on late-night infomercials than what should be a really important - first - debate that should help decide the future of this state. Governor is the most important position in the state: it's a position that has more impact than either the President (here in Massachusetts) or any single Senator or Congressmen. The entire debate seemed like a gimmick: it belonged on Prime Time, not bedtime.