On the other hand, Edwards wasn't on the attack very often, he let Cheney define the terms of argument once too often, and he seemed a bit stiff and devoted to his script; Cheney, on the other hand, took advantage of deflated expectations by coming across as a grumpy, impatient, scornful old prick rather than the outright plutocratic monster he normally is. He also didn't say anything flagrantly scandalous or come across as utterly unreasonably (except for maybe when he didn't feel it necessary to respond to some of Edwards' arguments, which the lapdogs of the right will no doubt interpret as strength and confidence).
So, a draw at best, a draw at worst. The first Kerry/Bush debate sent a shitload of momentum the Democrat's way, and at the very least this won't hurt. There's two more presidential debates, and it's too much to hope for a repeat of last Thursday's drubbing, but I'm pulling for Rove's hit squad putting the twitchy, ex-cokehead president into such a frenzy of overpreparation that he still looks like a freak. We'll see.