Thoughts on Last Night's Debate
Last night's debate was an interesting turn of events. George W. Bush did a 180 degrree turn around from the poor performance in his first debate. Except for a few occasions, he was much more commanding and confident. Kerry seemed to keep his poise as well in this debate as he did in the first one. He was calm, self-assured and unthreatened by anything the president said.
Overall I'd grade this debate as a draw. Each side had strong points in its favor, with no clear cut winner. Both sides evaded answering certain questions. Bush showed that he was more than last Thursday night, and Kerry showed that he was the same man we saw last Thursday night.
What's interesting to me about Bush is that he really doesn't seem to believe that he did anything wrong during his four years as president. When asked that question by a voter, he basically said history would judge some of the things he did harshly, but he implied that they were simply concrete actions, while on principle he had always been right. Sorry, but the fact that Iraq wasn't
an imminent threat (big surprise) is all the more reason why we should have invested our military resources elsewhere (say, Teheran, for example).
One thing that interests me about Kerry is that he has shown himself to be a consumate politician
. This is best exemplified by his answer to the woman who asked what he would say to voters who believed abortion is murder - would he federally
fund abortions? Kerry evaded the question while trying to compliment the woman on her beliefs. He is not a zealot, he's a Bill Clinton, who will do things for political reasons. Translated into english, this means that there is less to fear from him than from a zealot like Bush, who will push his religious beliefs ahead regardless of public reaction. At least Kerry will be cowed by fear of what Americans will say and do.
POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 6:03 AM