I do not believe there can be any doubt in anybody’s mind that John Kerry appeared stronger and more prepared in tonight’s debate.
It was as the Associated Press reports:
Bush appeared perturbed when Kerry leveled some of his charges, scowling at times and looking away in apparent disgust at others. Kerry often took notes when the president spoke.
George Bush stumbled over his words (which is nothing new), said “um” an awful lot, and appeared to have only one message — that John Kerry sends “mixed signals.” He managed to get that message into nearly every one of his answers.
Senator Kerry, I think, did a fantastic job tonight in dispelling that myth.
If Mr. Bush spent the time preparing for tonight’s debate that his aides say he did, it certainly did not show.
Your thoughts (if you care to share them)?
Update: My favorite blogger from the other side seems to pretty much agree, though he does give Bush the victory 107-103. He also talks about Kerry’s “pompous style,” which I just don’t see. I think Senator Kerry comes across for what he is, a very intelligent and thoughtful man, and does not try to “tone it down.”
Anyhow… here’s what Hindrocket says:
I have Bush by 107-103, with no knockdowns. But, candidly, I don’t think it went that well for the President. I think Kerry helped himself tonight. He came across as a credible candidate, and he was usually on the offensive. Bush’s demeanor while Kerry was talking wasn’t good; anything but commanding. Kerry’s was better, in an odd reversal of what happened four years ago. I think Kerry made headway, and there is plenty of material there for the mainstream media to proclaim the beginning of Kerry’s comeback. An unknown is how Kerry’s pompous style will strike people who haven’t had to listen to him for more than a few seconds at a time, until now.
On the whole, though, I think Kerry helped himself tonight.
But then, I have myself been accused of having a pompous style on occasion. (You were supposed to laugh at that!)