Friday, October 01, 2004

Kerry v Bush

I watched the debate and have to give Kerry the lead on style. Substance was basically a draw. Bush stayed on message even though he was the one getting the harball questions. No mention or questions to Kerry on his Senate voting record but he did mention his service in Viet Nam several times. Kerry will make points with the ones who have not been following his record and his waffling rhetoric during the campaign so he will be likely to get a bump. Still more nuance than substance however. Kinda Clintonesque in style over substance area. Bottom line, Kerry by a nose in the debate. If the future debates go this way and Cheney doesn't hit a home run with Edwards this race could be deja vu all over again.

Bush missed several chances to insert knife and twist, don't know why. The "global test" statement by Kerry was a perfect,opportunity.