Patently unimpressive by both parties, I thought. Kerry came out of it with a slight advantage, mostly on stylistic reasons. Bush slouched over his podium, Kerry stood straight. Kerry’s naturally a better speaker, as well (duh). Bush repeated his mantra, and Kerry caught him on some of it. Plus, Bush couldn’t help but looked annoyed the entire time.

I wish I had more to say about the whole thing, but it was all sort of underwhelming. Hopefully, the last two will be more exciting, and give us a better view of November.

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1 Comment to “Thursday Thursday THURSDAY NIGHT DEBATE!”

  1. Andy says:

    I agree. Neither side did badly, but Kerry did better because he’s a polished (master) debater.

    The first debate is always kind of a feeler anyway. The second will probably get more testy and personal, and the third will bring out to a heightened degree the worst of the bad qualities of both (remember Gore’s obnoxious sighing?).

    Bush did not do a good job of exploiting Kerry’s voting record on things he blamed Bush for (mostly military appropriations). From Kerry’s perspective, Bush did repeat a lot of phrases, but John F’in Kerry needs to be careful about that “world test” bunk, by which he can say he meant alliance building but which sounded very little like it. It was also interesting how he expressly did NOT want multi-lateral negotiations with North Korea.

    Man, I hate my new keyboard. Every other word has a doubled letter or missed space I need to go back and amend, so I’m going to stop now, and chuck it against the wall.

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