Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Well, it's a wash on the three debates. Kerry one the first one, the second one was a tie, Bush won this one. The president was much more relaxed, found a humorous note or two; Kerry was the one on the defensive. He feels he has to keep reassuring the country that he would defend it; that is not reassuring. The strange thing is that the Bush people reportedly wanted the first debate to be on foreign policy because that is supposedly his strength. But his best performances were on the domestic part of the second debate (that's why it was a tie) and this debate. Best line of the night: "That makes Kennedy the conservative senator from Massachusetts."
Does Kerry have the advantage because he won the first one big and put the president on the run when more people were watching? Or does the president, because he won the last one and will have momentum? Dunno. This is all about style anyway, how two men looked and seemed for three and a half hours out of a year-long campaign.
What we're left with is what we started with, the substance of what the candidates have stood for. Internationally, two different views on how to fight terrorism and what Iraq means. Domestically - not much difference between what Bush did in his first term and what Kerry would do in a first term, but a gulf between those two and what Bush would do in a second term. There couldn't be two more different candidates, and it's hard to imagine there are people who still don't know enough to make a pick. To think, this thing will actually come down to the mood swings of the undecided.
... and I've always heard, of jury trials, that it is frightening to trust your fate to the 12 most uninformed people the court can find. That's about how I now feel about this election.
posted by Leo Morris at # 11:01 PM
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