Friday, October 08, 2004

Debate wrap-up

Simple answer, Kerry won. Bush did significantly better this week than last, but I don't think it mattered. Kerry knows more, looks presidential and was attacking the whole time. It showed in the final summaries. Kerry was able to appeal to the optimism in America. . ."I believe that America's best days are ahead of us," while Bush was not able to do that. He had to defend Iraq the whole time.

Kerry looks presidential and there's nothing Bush can do about it. I think that's the thing that suprised people in the first debate, and it will probably lead him to victory. You can't debate with good looks.

More importantly, though is the spin that will result from this debate. Kerry has been gaining momentum all week. He doesn't need to do anything special to keep moving. The media has grabbed on and he needs to ride it. Let's face it, W wasn't going to explode tonight or next week, as much as we might want it. He is somewhat smarter than that. Constant pressure and body blows (my first boxing reference for the night) is what will win the election.

A caller to CSPAN just brought up the last question to Bush, and how he didn't admit that he did anything wrong. So far, the callers have been pro-Kerry. Either he won the opinion battle, or the democrats have a strong ground game for the phones.

Speaking of which, I have to go take some online polls.

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