Thursday, September 30, 2004
Good summary - indeed, the best debate I can recall. Without regard for the win/lose/draw drama, it was a good use of most of the 90 minutes it took.
Oh, and it was at best a draw, which is just fine. Bush on substance and sincerity, Kerry on style, by perhaps a bit more. That makes at least the next one a must-watch.
Funny thing, though - you can teach style, but as my Dad always says: "Sincerity is the most important thing. Once you learn to fake that, you're golden". Bush appeared, as usual, to mean what he was saying.
It was a refreshing surprise in some ways. I thought both candidates did a pretty good job in the rebuttals. Of course it's hard not to cringe when Bush talks. What was he saying about "continuing to love" some war widow? That was weird. Also, the way the lights shined on him he took on an eerie resemblance to Alfred E. Newman, which was very disconcerting.
But Bush did not blow himself up, and was able to articulate his views, once again. (I couldn't see if Cheney and Rumsfeld were pulling any strings).
Kerry was quite good too, although remarks like "global standard" for going to war, his reverance for the discredited UN, and his romantic reminiscences of Charles DeGaulle only reinforce the impression that to him the most important US interest is being liked by the French.
There are clear differences between the candidates. Now lets vote.
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