I watched the debate and was resigned to the idea up front, that no matter how well McCain did, he would be declared the loser by the media.
McCain could have done much better, but he was aggressive and most of the time had Obama on the defensive. He missed a lot of great opportunities, however. All in all, I thought Obama came across very poorly compared to McCain in that debate.
I see, though, that "focus groups" disagreed. What do you all think?
UPDATE: Consider this fascinitating post by Zombie in your discussion. It summarizes some of my own thoughts about the lack of reality in this campaign.