10/28/2008 04:00 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Liveblog! Obama vs. McCain And The Debate That Almost Wasn't

Welcome to our debate liveblog! We're figuring out how this Liveblogging software works. Please don't judge us just yet.

Update: Okay! We've figured it out. Welcome to this historic presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain, moderated by PBS' Jim Lerer and live-Twittered by pretty much everyone. We're getting back to our roots with some old-fashioned livebloggery, as we did for pretty much the entire primary season (only like 23 debates, but who's counting?). Your kindly hosts are myself, ETP editor Rachel Sklar, and Glynnis MacNicol, now of FishbowlNY. Joining us tonight we are very fortunate to have Wall Street whiz John Carney, formerly of and now of, the just-launched new finance blog from Silicon Alley Insider. I've gotta be honest, we only invited him to goose our traffic. But anyway, he should be good for some smart commentary along the lines of "the fundamentals of our economy are strong." Looking forward! We will also have some super-special commenters piping up for good measure, plus pulling some smart stuff from our pals on Twitter, plus seeing what our pals at Gawker are coming up with. Also, we're going to be enjoying prosecco, pizza, and the finest imported Heineken while we do this, so expect for us to get smarter and smarter as the night wears on.

In the meantime, I can hear Chris Matthews's voice rising with excitement in the background, which can only mean one thing: The Debate is on! Come join us, my friends, this one should be good.