Overall a very good debate, and much more substantial than we’d been lead to expect. Some thoughts:
First three words out of Bush’s mouth, after the standard “Thank you for having me” boilerplate: “September the 11th …”
I thought Kerry did well, but Bush gave him a couple of slow pitches right over the plate that he completely missed. Bush: “You know, we have to be right 100 percent of the time. And the enemy only has to be right once to hurt us.” Surely Kerry could have used this opportunity to point out that, in the “be right” department, Bush is batting about a .143.
In his adherance to his talking points, Bush missed some opportunity to nail Kerry as well. When Kerry said “Humvees — 10,000 out of 12,000 Humvees that are over there [in Iraq] aren