October 14, 2004

Presidential Debate 3

Bush was back to twitchy again, but not as bad as the first debate. He started out without that Furious George barking, but as the night wore on his frustration wore through. The rumors of Bush wearing a wire, while implausible, are at least understandable when you experience his oddly stilted delivery. Why does he pause like that? My only explanation is that he’s reading his notes, or picturing them in his mind, or something like that. But it didn’t come off as presidential.

Kerry was very even throughout, though he held back on the humor until the end. When Bush joked, the audience seemed confused half of the time. Kerry got a laugh every time (though he made fewer attempts.)

On the substance, Kerry accused Bush right off the bat of saying that he didn’t think much about Osama. Bush just flat-out denied it. Unfortunately, he did say it. I have to imagine the Democrats will make a lot of hay out of this.

Bush was caught flat-footed on the vaccine question, but Kerry didn’t answer it either. Bush seemed constantly on the defensive and was not able to gain much momentum criticising Kerry except by tagging him with the “L” word, even draggign Senator Kennedy into the fray, which elicited a small chuckle from Kerry. In Massachusetts, it’s known that Kennedy and Kerry are not the best of friends, but they have worked together. It must seem quite ironic to Kerry, to be subjected to some sort of guilt by association with Kennedy.

Kerry calmly trounced the silly “global test” BS and responded to the idea that he doesn’t take terrorism seriously by reiterating that, in fact, he’ll hunt them down and destroy them.

So, yes, I think Kerry came out ahead on that debate. I have no idea how an undecided voter would see it. On each debate I have felt more and more that Kerry would make a decent president. Bush scares me more and more. Some of his words may be folksy, but when he’s not angry, he’s twitchy. I’d rather have a beer with Kerry, if that is any sort of litmus.

The democrats have a new ad “Exaggeration” which juxtaposes the lie with the footage of him saying what he said.

Why is it that this administration finds it so easy to lie about their actions? I’d have trouble believing this guy if he told me it was raining outside, if I thought he had something to gain by it.

Posted by James at October 14, 2004 9:12 AM
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I like the Exaggeration ad. I hope it gets enough air play in the battleground states. This message needs to be carried everywhere. Bush cannot be allowed to get away with his lies.

Posted by: at October 14, 2004 2:28 PM

You know what's funny? If Kerry beats Bush, Barney Frank will be in the running for Kerry's Senatorial seat. Then Bush can *really* find out what a Massachusetts liberal is like.

As a consolation prize, if Bush "wins", I hope he gives Romney a job. Immediately.

Posted by: Julie at October 14, 2004 4:02 PM

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