Obama v Cheney
The battling cousins lived up to expectations I thought.
Both addressed real issues and both have real passion for their positions - if Dick Cheney seriously believes that thousands of people might die as a result of the new administration's mistakes then he has an absolute duty to speak out, not just a right.
Mr Obama took the high road again - calling on Americans to avoid a soundbite-dominated debate, think about the problem and come up with rational solutions. That is Obama.
His point about the Supermax prisons - nobody has ever escaped from one so what is the problem using them for Guantanamo detainees - will need to be answered by those, including the FBI Director, who have talked of vague "dangers" that lurk.
On the wider claim - that Guantanamo has created more terrorists than it ever housed - I think the president has a more difficult case to make. As Mr Cheney pointed out, the 19 9/11 hijackers acted in a pre-Guantanamo world. But there was no shortage of grievances real, or (as he would have it) imagined.
In researching my book on anti-Americanism, I came across plenty of US haters who would mention Guantanamo in a list of bellyaches. But only in a list - and the list, sans Guantanamo, is still long.
It will be fascinating to see who wins this tussle: will any Guantanamo prisoners not subject to trial be kept in the US for the rest of their lives? I wonder what local communities where all manner of folks have been sent to serve their sentences would make of this? Including some (Zacarias Moussaoui and Richard Reid among them) who have been tried and convicted and will never be heard from again.