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Thursday, September 30, 2004

 
Bush vs. Kerry, round 1
I listened to a little bit of both NPR and Fox News after the debate tonight, and heard pretty much the same thing from both place: this debate was essentially a tie. I will largely agree with this, but I do think that Bush comes out looking better than Kerry for two reasons.

First, the race already favors Bush, so a tie is definitely in his favor. Second, he looked better than Kerry on two distinct issues: the idea of Iraq related summits, and the negotiations with North Korea.

Kerry kept gleefully using the word "summit," as if it were a magic bullet that would solve all sorts of ills in Iraq. Bush countered masterfully, by pointing out that summits are being held, but that summits are not going to deter the terrorists in Iraq. Kerry continued to use the word as if it meant something substantial. Perhaps I'm reading the American people wrong here, but I do not think that summits hold a particularly powerful attraction for them.

Second, in the very important debate over North Korea, I think Bush came out ahead. Kerry did himself a bit of harm when he, asked whether he wanted bilateral or multilateral talks with North Korea, asserted in a stereotypically Kerryesque fashion, "I want both." Again, I think Bush's strategy holds more attraction for America. Bush did a good job of pointing out that bilateral talks are what Kim Jung-il wants, but I wish he would have asked rhetorically, "why would we do what Kim Jung-Il wants?"

A final error by Kerry was a bit smaller, but important, I think. He referred to his "simple four point plan," but never explained what his plan was. For news junkies like yours truly, this barely registered, because we know the plan. But the average voter was likely left wondering, "if it's so simple, why don't you tell us your plan?"

Overall, a very strong debate by both parties. Kerry, for some inexplicable reason, was much stronger tonight than he has been since his convention. It was largely a tie, but if either party comes out better, I think it was Bush.

Now, I'm off to check the blogs to the right, to see if they agree with me. You should do the same.
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