In almost every case, the candidate with the most memorable moment, for some reason, always seems to win the day when November rolls around. The candidate's success can be traced back to a successful convention, but it's solidified by a solid rebuke on prime-time TV which propels him to victory. While that may have been true in 1980 (thanks to a last minute debate and weak polling), it's probably never actually been true. And yet, when it exists like that in memory, it almost becomes true after the fact.
As I watched the debate Monday night, I was disappointed. It wasn't because one candidate did well and the other did not, but because it really became clear that debates don't matter. The lines were stale, the moments were fabricated, the "gaffes" weren't really gaffes at all. It was abundantly obvious what a silly circus the debates really are. I know I'll still watch the next two, but I doubt I'll be quite as excited again. The election will go one way or the other...but I doubt these joint-interviews will do anything about it.