It's as rare to find agreement among pundits as it is among politicians, but today a majority of both groups agree: the unscripted debate between President Obama and the House Republicans was great, and they want to see more.
Commentators gives some points to the president, some to his GOP opponents, but the real issue isn't who won--it's that the discussion was happening at all, televised and more or less unstaged. Contrasted against the ritualistic State of the Union and a bitterly partisan few months, the debate was impressively open, sincere, and civil.
Both the president and his Republican opponents deserve recognition for their candid airing of opinions and for the best political television we've seen in months. It's refreshing to see politicians cutting pundits out of the loop and doing their own debating, however imperfectly. Extra points for transfixing the blogosphere. Below, some of National Review writer Daniel Foster's favorite moments: