What’s your favorite presidential debate moment?

I’m trying to remember if any debate moment is so burned into my consciousness as this one, even if it wasn’t a presidential debate:

Unless it’s this one…

… which wasn’t a presidential debate either. Many of these debate moments we laugh at. That one, however, was just plain sad for every reasonable person. Admiral James Stockdale, who was Ross Perot’s vice presidential pick, was the very definition of an American hero.

Some of the pundits have been pontificating this week that debates rarely swing presidential elections anymore. Is that true? You couldn’t tell by Mike Dukakis who botched his election with a goofy ride in a tank and a botched wonky answer:

For others interested in history, Belmont University, where a presidential debate will be held next month, has been put together a pretty interesting series of videos with behind-the-scenes glimpses of presidential debates.

A reminder: Tonight I’ll be live-blogging the debate at the MPR debate-watching party here on News Cut. If you’re using Twitter, follow @mpr_debates, and I’ll be happy to spotlight your analysis. Keep in mind, I’m not going to be posting on Twitter during the debate, however.

We also hope you’ll take part in the discussion by posting your comments and in-depth analysis here on News Cut. I’ll set up the post around 7:30 this evening.