Admission up front: I am biased against Bush, in favor of Kerry. Admission out back: I’m not overly thrilled with Kerry.
I didn’t get to see or hear all but about 10 minutes of the second debate. The third one, I listened to about half of it — on the computer at work and in the car — and then saw the last 20+ minutes of it.
A few items that I haven’t seen noted enough:
- Bush did better with this debate, or at least he did “less badly”. If my estimation of him didn’ fall as far after this debate as after the first one, does then mean he did well?
- Yes, it begins to sound repetitive that John Kerry “has a plan.” But you know, at least he does have one. Does Bush?
- The first thing out of Bush’s mouth about what he’s done for the environment is to limit emissions on off-road diesel engines. Oh, that’s way up there among high-priority items.
- On one of the last questions (on mistakes, I think) — asked by the gray-haired woman in glasses — Bush was talking directly to her (or at her?), and she had this terrific shell-shocked look on her face, like she was thinking “I wish he’d leave me alone, and God, I hope he doesn’t get re-elected.”
- I don’t think either candidate did well on the controversy questions — stem-cell research, tax dollars for abortion, Supreme Court appointments — but Bush certainly fumbled his way verbally through the minefield much more so than Kerry did.
- Bush is still on the repetition track: “It’s just not credible.” (With little other than repetition to prove the lack of credibility, of course.)
Updated on October 14, 2004
Updated on May 11, 2011