Well, that’s the end of the debate. I came away thinking Kerry makes a great impression, and I can see why he got the nomination. He came across as much more presidential than Howard Dean, even though I liked Dean a heck of a lot more. Bush was on the defense, and lashing out at Kerry’s flip-flopping didn’t seem to land any punches. Kerry kept repeating that he’s been consistent, but of course that’s not convincing anybody.
All in all it was a good debate. Didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know about the candidates: Bush is a bit of a fumbler with words but clearly passionate about issues, while Kerry is more polished and solid but the message keeps changing. If I was undecided, how would this debate have affected me? Tough question. Kerry was very presidential, but I just don’t get how he’s going to pour more money overseas AND domestic issues. That’s easy to say when you’re running for office, but we just have a limited amount of resources. We’re running very, very deeply in the red now – and Kerry’s talking about spending even more!
I doubt I’ll watch the other presidential debates, and I certainly wouldn’t watch the vice presidential debates. Edwards can’t help but whip Cheney – I mean, come on, a Halliburton exec against a trial lawyer? If there’s anything lawyers are good at, it’s exchanges like this.