The first thing to remember is that every single detail you see in front of you -- from the red carpet, to the blue background, to the font used for the Declaration of Independence, faintly outlined behind them -- every detail is carefully, finely planned.
More than that, every facial expression and "spontaneous moment" has been well rehearsed beforehand. "Presidential debate" is really a misnomer. There is no debate about it any more. It is a political clash of titans, and more depends on their preparation and rehearsals than on their ideas and policy proposals.
One of the most important rhetorical turns of the Romney campaign is the phrase "trickle-down government." Its intent is to shift all the negative connotations of 'trickle-down' to the so-called big government policies of Democrats. But it has a flaw: it doesn't make any sense. There's no image attached to it. In other words, you have to understand Romney's policies in the first place to be able to understand the new phrase. In that sense, it will probably fail to rally much support for Romney's policies.
The incessant, yammering analysis of all these post-game shows is meaningful only in this way -- everyone else in the media watches it. What you see in that gum-flapping, jabber-jaws hour after the debate is the media talking to the media about what the media thought of the debate. Over time, they will come to agreement, and by tomorrow morning, they'll let you know what YOU should think about it.
Have a good night, folks.