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Initial Thoughts on the First Debate

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It was a draw.

No question, neither man scored a knockout blow, neither man made an irrecoverable gaffe. Both stuck to their talking points, almost too much. If I had to give the argument to one I’d give it to Kerry and performance to one I’d give that to Bush. I disagree with Kerry’s argument but he defended it better than he has on the stump. Yet Bush was still himself, in charge, and clearly comfortable in his role. Alas, for Kerry, a draw is not good enough. He needed to score a knockout blow in order for this to have an impact. Meanwhile, it was way, way too long. 90 minutes? What were they thinking? The bloggers got bored, imagine the reaction of regular voters.

Also, Kerry needs to watch his arrogance – on more than one occasion he looked like the haughty patrician he is. That’s bad. The President had his moment of irritation, but they didn’t come off the same way.

Meanwhile, for those who are curious, Martinis here at MartiniPundit are always made with gin. Bombay Sapphire or Beefeater, occasionally Boodles. We don’t do Vodka, although we stock it for others who enjoy it.

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September 30, 2004 at 10:28 pm

Liveblogging the First Debate XXXVII

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Bush is emphasizing that we’ll be safe (and with an all-volunteer army, by the way). We’ll spread freedom and a free Iraq and Afghanistan will serve as a powerful example.

About time Bush used some Reaganesque rhetoric: “We’ve climbed the mighty mountain and can see the valley of peace.”

Bush asked for our votes, which Kerry, oddly, did not.

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September 30, 2004 at 10:28 pm

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Liveblogging the First Debate XXXVI

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In his summation, Kerry mentions Vietnam. “I defended this country as a young man, and I will defend it as President of the United States.”

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September 30, 2004 at 10:25 pm

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Liveblogging the First Debate XXXV

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“Oh, I’m a pretty calm guy.”

And the crowd couldn’t stay quiet.

That was the line of the night, and it’s vintage Bush.

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September 30, 2004 at 10:24 pm

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Liveblogging the First Debate XXXIV

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Kerry was there! In Russia! He saw reams of KGB files etc., etc.

Does anyone think this is true given how much Kerry has exagerrated his personal history?

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September 30, 2004 at 10:23 pm

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Liveblogging the First Debate XXXIII

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You know, Jim Lehrer hasn’t improved given all the experience he has with this.

Bush is standing by his principles and criticizing Putin. At the same time he’s acknowledging he’s an ally in the WoT. Calls him Vladimir. All this is smart. Suggests Bush is in command and sticks to his guns at the same time. Just what Kerry says Bush doesn’t do.

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September 30, 2004 at 10:19 pm

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Liveblogging the First Debate XXXII

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So Kerry would eliminate the use of tactical nukes and developing them because we don’t want other nations to have nukes? What? Well, why don’t we just unilaterally disarm then? Oh, right. That’s what Kerry wanted us to do in the 80s in the face of the Soviet Union.

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September 30, 2004 at 10:16 pm

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