I couldn’t watch tonight’s debate, but from the coverage of several (non-partisan) reporters on Twitter and the Globe and Herald post-debate pieces, it’s pretty easy to conclude what happened:
Charlie Baker lost.
Why? Two reasons. First, apparently there were no game-changers. Nothing particularly dramatic happened tonight, as far as I can tell, which means that the race stays basically where it was before. And that’s bad for Baker, since as everyone knows by now, every independent poll has shown Patrick ahead, and Patrick now substantially out-performs Baker on favorable/unfavorable ratings as well.
Second, the post-debate stories in both the Globe and the Herald are focused exclusively on the Big Dig, and specifically on Baker’s response to the damning memo that AP published on Sunday. (Exactly as I predicted would happen, I might add.) That means that Baker has still failed to address lingering questions about his role in the Big Dig. He still hasn’t made it go away, and tonight was his last chance to do so.
So, all in all, looks like tonight was a big fail for Team Baker. Eight days to go.