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Wednesday, October 13, 2004
First Assessment
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:59 pm

I’m too tired to be overly eloquent or verbose this evening. My basic snap judgment: Bush won tonight.

Part of the question is how many people watched tonight versus the first night, especially with the baseball games going (and man, the Cards have opened up on the ‘Stros).


  1. Bush, Passion & The American People
    His strength during this debate was his passion. Every time he may have got stuck he was able to go back to his passion, education.

    Trackback by Truth, Lies & Common Sense — Wednesday, October 13, 2004 @ 10:39 pm

  2. Debate Impressions
    BOTH CANDIDATES came primed. But Bush won. Kerry was confident, but he didn’t bring anything new to the table. But Bush brought his “A Game,” and he definitely outshone Kerry in style and substance. Bush did not stumble, and kept…

    Trackback by The Indepundit — Wednesday, October 13, 2004 @ 10:51 pm

  3. The Debate as a distraction from the Playoffs
    The beauty of switching between liveblogging sites while watching both playoff games and the football game is that you don’t have to listen to the droning, supercilious, arrogant Voice of the Democratic Party. I switched between the following liveblo…

    Trackback by Bob's Place — Wednesday, October 13, 2004 @ 10:59 pm

  4. There was a debate tonight?

    Comment by Leopold Stotch — Wednesday, October 13, 2004 @ 11:45 pm

  5. Only watched 2nd half of the debate- I thought Bush held his own or had a slight advantage.

    Interesting reading your comments- CNN’s poll said sKerry clear winner of debate. BARF

    Weblogs have become a more reasonable and reliable news source than the MSM- that is where we are at today. Interesting indeed.

    Comment by JS — Thursday, October 14, 2004 @ 12:31 am

    Bush didnít stumble on the deficit or healthcare but he didnít do great either: he crawled to the center in order remain palatable to the average American who is rightly worried about jobs and the cost of healthcare. Kerry offered

    Trackback by Peaktalk — Thursday, October 14, 2004 @ 2:12 am

  7. Immediate debate aftermath thoughts immediately updated here.

    Comment by themarkman — Thursday, October 14, 2004 @ 2:31 am

  8. Wrap-Up of the Third Presidential Debate (MSM, Conservatives and Liberals)
    My wrap-up of the third presidential debate includes summaries and quotes from the mainstream media and conservative and liberal bloggers. Similar to the last debate, I see the pronouncement of the winner divided along party lines. Personally, I think …

    Trackback by bLogicus — Thursday, October 14, 2004 @ 3:39 am

  9. Our Debate Post: A Better Debate By Both (PLUS DEBATE ROUNDUP)
    The good news for President George Bush in what some called the most important debate in American history was that his debate performance was much better. The bad news for George Bush was that so was Democratic challenger John Kerry’s.

    Trackback by The Moderate Voice — Thursday, October 14, 2004 @ 4:41 am

  10. I agree that Bush won, but only due to the question on religion and their wives, where Bush seemed human and passionate and Kerry seemed like a board from the Bush Lumberyard. Kerry’s monotone response to the religion question was nearly:
    Yes-I-believe-that-there-is-this-thing-called- religion-to-which-I-proscribe-and-others-feel-is-important.

    Comment by Rodney Dill — Thursday, October 14, 2004 @ 8:27 am

  11. Okay, I was an undecided from Pa. I have finally made my decision. Bush gets my vote. It is because of Iraq. I have a son in the military. If you listen closely to Kerry he says the same thing Bush is saying, “Train more Iraqi troops.” So, there is nothing new on that issue. I am a big anti-abortion person. That is another issue that I favor Bush for. After last nights debate, I have finaaly decided, Bush has my vote.
    The first debate had me undecided, but Bush has made a comeback with me.
    To make sure I am making the right decision, don’t laugh, I tossed a coin and Bush won the coin toss.

    Comment by Cathy — Thursday, October 14, 2004 @ 9:54 am

  12. You’re (or perhaps we’re) living proof of the existence of “two Americas,” then. Bush may not have made a total idiot out of himself — aside from drooling on himself during the first third of the debate — but Kerry’s answers were consistently more impassioned, more informed, less mendacious, and more persuasive. And I say this as someone who was lonely during 2000 in arguing in my milieu that Bush trounced Gore at every turn. . .

    Comment by Brett — Friday, October 15, 2004 @ 8:04 pm

  13. There is a certain sporting event quality to these things, as one sees one’s own “team” in a far better light than one views the other team.

    Comment by Steven Taylor — Friday, October 15, 2004 @ 8:16 pm

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