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September 30, 2004 Leave a comment Go to comments

I didn’t get to watch, just listen. My admittedly biased analysis is that Kerry did pretty well. Bush sounded a little whiny and defensive throughout. People keep saying that Bush’s facial expressions were annoyed and defensive, which sounds right, though I didn’t see it. Kerry was pretty good in countering Bush’s Iraq flip-flop charges. I think he was hurt when Lehrer asked him about the mistake line. But Kerry nailed Bush when he conflated Iraq and 9/11 again.

Sadly, the most important part is just beginning – the post-debate spin. I don’t know if Kerry will jump in the polls. I think he did well enough to, but as I said, I’m too biased to make a good judgement.

UPDATE: Oh yeah, as Kevin notes, Moo-laws?

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  1. September 30, 2004 at 9:01 pm

    I got to watch the closing arguments and some of the post-debate coverage on CNN with my girlfriend and her parents (registered Democrats). There was no silver bullet from Kerry, but I think he marginally outperformed Bush, who tended to slouch over his podium and speak in circles.

  2. September 30, 2004 at 9:03 pm

    Also, Bush’s “mountains and valleys” metaphors seemed a bit overtly religious. Kerry’s final “God bless America” sounded forced. Too bad America will never elect an admitted atheist to the presidency.

  3. September 30, 2004 at 9:31 pm

    And I think kinda silly as well. We can see a peaceful world? What the hell?

  4. Thcompman
    September 30, 2004 at 10:06 pm

    Without a doubt John Kerry Won the Debate tonight

    Kerry has got my vote

  5. JoseCanseco
    September 30, 2004 at 11:19 pm

    To keep it in perspective, here are the notes Bush kept taking during the debate:


  1. October 1, 2004 at 1:22 pm

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