More on the First Debate
Holy cow- the Internet is crackling with polls and opinion pieces that clearly give Kerry a decisive win. Even conservative neo-con Bloggers have given Kerry his props and lambasted Bush for failing to get the debate job done.
Go here to read what they said
Of course, my political nemesis Barcodie cannot stipulate that Kerry clearly won and Bush clearly lost. He cannot be swayed by reality. Like Bush, he makes up his mind and preserves the moment with rebar and quick setting cement.
Kerry showed he is capable of brevity and he maintained his composure throughout. His demeanor was absolutely presidential and his thoughts were expressed with clear, unwavering language.
He firmly but politely refuted Bush's oft-repeated insistence that Kerry has been indecisive about Iraq. His explanation on his Iraq position was clear and it made sense.
Bush failed to register Kerry's explanation, and continued to repeat the same charge, far too many times.
That reflected more on Bush than Kerry-the audience could understand Kerry's explanation but Bush simply could not absorb it. He seems to have problems listening.
Even Fox News admitted that Bush sounded like he used up all his material in the first half and spent the second half repeating the same phrases, verbatim.
That indicates a mindset by rote. He seems incapable of spontaneous moments of increased awareness that lead to an adjusted, more enlightened thought process.
Clearly, Bush thinks Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden are two heads on the same snake.
That the 9/11 attacks were masterminded by a single-headed snake called Bin Laden is a fact that has escaped Bush's awareness.
Bush said, to justify the war in Iraq, "We were attacked."
Kerry set him straight: "Not by Iraq."
Bush stared straight ahead: a classic deer in the headlights expression.
Several times, Bush's facial expression displayed the identical, dazed confusion we saw in the 7 minutes after he was told of the 9/11 attacks. All he needed was a copy of "My Pet Goat" in his hands and it would have been déjà vu.
Other times while Kerry had the floor, thanks to C-Span's split screen telecast, Bush would scowl, roll his eyes, shrug, sneer or frantically shuffle his notes. Mostly he gulped water. While Kerry took a few sips in the 90 minutes debate, Bush drained two large glasses.
When someone is that thirsty, something is wrong.
I now open the comments to free debate. Please share your impressions and favorite moments.