Liveblogging (consider the alternative) by others is a wonderful camera oscura in which to watch the debates. I can't bear to watch them directly, but viewing them indirectly through others' eyes is a wholly different experience.
And then, even better than that is viewing them afterwards through the eyes of Jeff Goldstein.
(Link via The Kerry Spot)
John Kerry: “Whatever you need, it’s yours. Need a job? You got it. Need a higher living wage? Done. Need cheap, universal healthcare? I’m your man. Need a better education? Have at it, paid in full. Relying on social security for your retirement? I’ll put it in a lock box. Tax relief? I can give you that, too. Want to lose your virginity to a teenage Mexicali hooker and a donkey? I’ll print coupons. And the best part is, every single one of my plans comes with free cole slaw and a plate of homestyle biscuits!” George Bush: “Anybody who believes this guy can deliver on even one percent of his promises deserves four years of John F’n Kerry. God bless, and good night.”