They woke the president up for the second debate. It made a big difference--real arguments, rhetoric that sometimes verged on anger. It was good debate--fun, unlike the first one, in which the president seemed very passive.
And it showed, of course, that there are real differences between the parties. Democrats think the government should help its most disadvantaged citizens in areas like health and education. Republicans think voters can and should help themselves in these areas with perhaps the aid of a tax cut.
People I know who watched the first debate mostly thought Romney won it. I haven't seen any numbers for this one, but I wouldn't be surprised if Obama won the second.
And there's one more to come. Of course none of them matters. What does is Election Day, in about three weeks.
I'm sure Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles are charming, but I think these old American street brawls are more fun.
Editor's note: Mr. Morton's lazy editor is totally at fault for this column's late posting.