I've been watching politics for about the last 15 years, give or take, and I don't recall ever seeing such a one-sided thumping as I did last night. Not so much a knockout blow, as just a slow, methodical, almost self-inflicted beating.
With constant interruptions, Segolene came across more as shrill and childish than forceful (which is what I'm assuming she was going for). With pointed questions (which Sego refused to answer directly), Sarko boxed her in as indecisive at best (and lost at worst). Most of her answers seemed to consist of her saying that once elected, she'll hold discussions on the important issues, never revealing her own viewpoints. On those issues where she did answer, Sarko managed to drive a wedge through her supporters on the left and those in the centre.
And then, near the end of the debate, she lost her shit.
She started practically yelling at Sarko. When the moderator (who was ineffective for most of the debate) tried to move it on, she refused, screaming about how she wasn't angry.
I was almost embarrassed for her.
Interesting viewing, that's for sure.