Let's consider this an open thread for debate discussion.
I'd agree with these two that the unwatchable thing for me about the post-debate discussion is the pundits' obsession with what they think people will think. To do that they have to assume much about what people will think–namely whether people will swoon over the "youbetchyas" and the winks and so forth. And they generally assume they will. That means they think you're stupid.
Other than this general observation, I think I've actually had arguments with people like Sarah Palin. One can't really have a discussion with someone who can't understand your view, how maliciously distorts her misunderstanding of it, refuses to address any challenges, and considers all criticism to be directed at her and her lovely family (and by extension everyone like her).