Thoughts on the debate last night from Dan via Twitter:

America is hurting, really hurting. Thousands of people are dying every week. Jobs lost. Lives thrown asunder. The West on fire. Our international standing at the lowest point I can remember. We need leadership. We need empathy. We need unity. We need justice. We need hope.

Who won and lost tonight in a horse race sense, I don’t even want to address. Frankly, I don’t give a damn. This was a sad, sad, sad night for this nation that I love with all my heart. This is a moment to mourn what we have lost, and are in danger of losing.

I don’t want to hear from the pundits, I want to hear from the people. I want to hug all of you in a warm embrace and say, we can, we must be a helluva lot better than this.

We need to dig deep into our moral character. We need to look at ourselves in the mirror and into the hearts of our neighbors and fellow citizens. We need to embrace a patriotism that is broad, inclusive, and just.

We know bullies. We know when racists refuse to denounce racism. We know when autocrats try to undermine democracy.

There will be an election. And then there will be a future. No president is bigger than the nation. The American people have a voice. And after tonight, I sense millions are eager to turn their yelling at the television into marking their ballots.