A couple of thoughts came to mind as I listened to last night's debate:
1. Rich Whitney won the debate. He was the only one of the three to propose thought out plans for dealing with the state's debt and many of its other problems.
2. Rich Whitney doesn't have a chance of winning the election. Though he commented on both of the other candidates' responses, they both ignored him, focusing their responses on each other. If they viewed him as a serious threat, Brady or Quinn would have responded to his proposals.
3. I haven't watched TV so have no idea of the state of the commercial discourse but the debate was civil. There were attacks by all three men but they were attacks on each others' policies and the handling of the governor's office, rather than attacks on personal behavior and history.