John Carrol found the whole thing muddled:
... So a debate that should have provided some answers for Boston voters mostly left them with questions.
For example, which of these makes for a better bumper sticker – ”Tom Menino: We haven't been charged with anything" or "Under a Flaherty administration, we'll have FiOS"? ...
Mike Ball says he's seen enough; declares a Menino win in November:
... Selfishly, I wanted a new, improved Flaherty to take the stage. Instead of bright, reasoned and pleasant, he'd be charismatic and insightful. Instead of just better arguments and more detailed plans, he'd offer indisputably brilliant guides to Boston's future.
He didn't appear. ...
Globe: Flaherty jabs, but mayor unfazed.
Herald: Michael Flaherty zeroes in on mayor (along with a slideshow titled "Flaherty hits Menino in debate" that disappoints because it only shows people shaking hands, not Flaherty throwing a haymaker at Menino's solar plexus).
The Globe asks some Republican hack who doesn't live in Boston to rate the debate. Joan Vennochi cements her position as the Mikey of local punditry: She hates everything. Scot Lehigh calls a Flaherty win.