Jim Lehrer was an unusually weak moderator, with both Romney and Obama ignoring him as much as possible. I’m not complaining, since I think this was a good thing. It meant that Lehrer lacked the strength to tilt the debate in Obama’s favor and, more importantly, it meant that the candidates really had a debate, talking back and forth with each other. This, therefore, was a less canned debate than in past years. That let us see what each guy had to say (or, in Obama’s case, didn’t have to say).
Nevertheless, because I like competence, part of me was irked by Lehrer’s inability to control the room. I wasn’t the only one who thought that Lehrer could have done better. Certainly, it would have been a different debate had someone else been in charge! (If you need an incentive to click the link, it’s very funny.)