Debate Night (continued)
Bush did a lot better. Kerry was about the same. I’d call it a draw.
But Bush did nothing to erase the perception that he’s stubborn and in denial about his mistakes in foriegn policy and Iraq.
Kerry missed a lot of opportunities to pummel Bush. It makes me think he doesn’t have that killer instinct that would help him seal the deal with voters who want a tough president.
But there was one defining moment for me. Bush hit Kerry on his vote against partial birth abortion. Kerry said clearly that he is against partial birth abortion but wants an exception for circumstances where the life and health of the mother requires it. Bush then just shrugged, smiled, and said, “well he voted against it”.
Strong and wrong versus nuanced and right. We’ll see where the american public comes out on this one.