First and most important was Biden. Contrary to fears he had no trouble coping with Trump who was his usual oafish, ignorant, lying self. No surprise there but Biden holding his own put paid to doubters (such as me) whether he is up to the job.
In New Zealand, the outstanding winner was Patrick Gower who massively showed up John Campbell’s garrulous unctuousness. Gower steered the debate quietly and inconspicuously which is as it should be.
It was also a win for Judith, not because she bested Jacinda which she didn’t as there’s little they disagree on, but in showing herself as a viable alternative.
The loser may prove to be ACT as disaffected Nats return to the fold. That will be a pity. ACT advances policies the Nats were supposed to but never have, unless of course as with Roger Douglas, Labour’s applied them first.
They’re unlikely to change so a strong ACT Parliamentary presence will be important.
With 3 weeks to go we can expect a closing of the National-Labour polling gap to a more conventional situation, proving what detached observers knew all along, namely Judith was the right man for the job.