This is a big picture look versus a point by point. I thought this debate was a microcosm of the entire recall; the adult in the room versus the petulant child. Governor Walker looked, well gubernatorial. Barrett looked aggressive, desperate and flailing. My daughters watched with me and one of them pointed out how Barrett went out of his way to call Walker "Scott" as if it were some attempt to not show him the respect of the office.
For a guy that isn't the favorite of the radical left who started this fight, Barrett sure sounded like one of them. He used their patented "divide and conquer" mantra, over and over. Several times he referred to Walker "making himself feel big by making others feel small."
And there is another way in which this debate was a microcosm for the larger campaign and I think it's where Walker wins and Barrett loses. This campaign is about removing Walker from office. The only reason Barrett is on the ballot is because the law requires a candidate to be their challenging Walker. And the debate was more of this; Barrett spent the hour making the case for why Walker shouldn't be governor, but never made the case for why he should. No liberal does, they want Walker out and they have no compelling case as to why Barrett should be governor. and Tom Barrett proved last night even he is incaapable of getting past "dump Walker" and making the case for his own candidacy. That is definitely a win for Scott Walker.