The Democratic debate:
Electric atmosphere, contention, powerful dialog, good humor, tons of applause, laughter, and audience enthusiasm. CNN reports it’s the highest-rated primary debate in recorded history.
The Republican Debate:
Good tough questions by Russert, very little laughter or audience enthusiasm, almost no applause except for a big outburst after an anti-war comment by Ron Paul. ABC Live blog said McCain offered a “clunker of an answer” but credited him for offering Giuliani some ‘9/11 love’ that he craves. ABC live blog described the debate as a “snoozer” and “zzzzzzzz.”
Here was a rare moment of audience enthusiasm: