Wow… I have a lot of complaints about how this so-called debate was structured, and I am not a Kerry fan, but he is shredding Bush to bits. Bush looks scowly, defensive, and dim. He sounds like he’s in an argument on a fourth grade playground. He’s repeating himself (read: talking points beaten into him all day) and not answering the questions – he’s using the same answers for several of the questions, in fact. Kerry is answering questions directly and for all his historical vapidity sounds focused, bright, and committed. He sounds clear on the Middle East and on terror. He sounds clear on the fucked-up priorities of the Bush team. Kerry looks positively Presidential; Bush looks like a defensive moron who didn’t do his homework. Bush is stammering through sentences and has delivered several non-sequiturs (but I am aware that most people tend to fall for them). I am truly stunned at the disparity here.
I hate to simplify these things into win-or-lose, because it often depends on your issues, priorities, and inclinations – basically what matters to you. But it’s hard to argue, at this point, that Bush is not getting clobbered.
The “invading Mexico” thing was good, too. Oh, and Kerry washed his face. Bonus.