Well, by the end of today we should have a better idea of where this election is really going. Despite all the aggressive raising and lowering of expectations that the two sides have been doing, I actually think this is going to be a pretty even matchup.
If you’re obsessively interested in the debates, this article by James Fallows in the August Atlantic is very much worth reading: When George meets John.
The upcoming debates between Bush and Kerry will in an odd way be a contest of unbeaten champions.
Neither George Bush nor John Kerry has suffered more than an occasional lapse or setback in a debate. Neither has “lost” a contest in the only way that matters: a serious post-debate decline in the polls or an electoral defeat.
Also, via Scott Forbes of A Yank in Oz: The presidential debate drinking game.