Last night was the first of the Wonkblog debates, and thanks to everyone who turned out to hear Ezra, Matt Yglesias, Sarah Binder, and Derek Khanna discuss the dysfunctions of Washington and what ought to be done about it (in charts!). It was a bit of an experiment, but the discussion and the beer taps were both free-flowing, and we hope to do it again soon.

To get a flavor of the evening for those who couldn't make it, here is Matt arguing that politicians shouldn't be so skittish about doing what they feel is the right thing at risk of incurring the wrath of voters:

And here is Ezra making the case for not simply throwing up our hands and accepting the problems that afflict American governance on the grounds that it could be worse:

We'll have more clips from the event through the day.