EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - You probably saw the presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
To summarize the event, it consisted of an hour and a half of raucous exchanges between the candidates while moderator Lester Holt stood by and let them duke it out. That is about the only certain thing that everyone can agree on.
The hours and days following the debate have been filled with massive analysis. But even the analysis is not focused on policy differences of the candidates. The focus has been of the peripherals, those things that have little substance on the value of the debate.
For sure, Hillary Clinton smiled more to try to connect with voters with some warmth and Donald Trump was generally very restrained, which made him a little more human. But the debate was short on substance. It was more of a summary of each candidate's stump speech and contained little or no policy revelations.
The analysis by various sources is almost a larger story as every outlet had articles on the best zingers, a truth or fact checker and on-line polls that are as scientific as a coin toss. There are still several debates to go and hopefully, through the process, we won't be left wondering who won or performed better – hopefully the winners will be the American people – we do deserve at least that.
Until then, instead of being enlightened on the candidates' positions, many are left feeling like we have to take a shower and that definitely needs to change. Real debates on real issues are what is needed and that will make for a Better East Texas.