October 14, 2004

Dammit, I'll tell you who won!

I tried twice to add Yips! to Steve-O's last post. Evidently, he still had the thing open, because both attempts failed.

FWIW, I think Dubya wiped the floor with J. Francois tonight. The Prez looked much more relaxed, competent and in control. Kerry looked tired, irritated, haughty and persnickity. And stop with the goddam hand gestures, already!

I didn't take notes during the actual debate, but two things stick in my mind a few hours later: Kerry's cheap shot about Cheney's lesbian daughter didn't do him any good. And in closing, did he really make a joke about marrying Ther-RAY-suh for her money?

As a further matter, don't you believe that snap market activity. Both camps by now have figured out how to manipulate both Tradesport and the Iowa Electronic Market. Give them 48 hours or so before you take their readings too seriously.

Bottom line, IMHO, is that Dubya got his mojo back. He's back on offense and J. Francois is back on shaky D. GOP base can get back to being fired up. That's a good position going into the final three weeks.

Posted by Robert at October 14, 2004 12:31 AM | TrackBack

Doesn't matter. Those who have already decided that Kerry should win to save us from the Evil Bush will insist that Kerry won the debate no matter what. He could stutter, misprounce words more common than nuclear, forget what day it is, forget what city he's in, throw up, drop his pants and soil himself on live television and his fans would still insist that he "won" the debate.

Posted by: Lynn S at October 14, 2004 08:17 AM

I think it matters insofar as it acts as a tonic on the base. I'm increasingly of the opinion that the whole swing-voter thing is overrated and what is really going to matter is getting the troops out. My impression is that Repubs liked what they saw last night. What's harder to gage is how much of an impact the press attempts to spin things the other way will have on GOP enthusiasm. As they say, we'll see.

Posted by: Robert the LB at October 14, 2004 09:40 AM
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