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  •  Daily Standard (none)
    I've got this fight scored dead-even: 9 to 9. Of course there are intangibles to consider. On the whole, Kerry was more relaxed and polished and certainly calmer. He also managed to sneak in a fifth Vietnam reference during his closing remarks ("I defended this country as a young man in war.") Kerry was a grounded presence and his performance should give Democrats hope.

    Bush was, as someone once put it, surprisingly more tart than sweet. At times the president faltered and you could see the wheels spinning as he flipped through his mental Rolodex, looking for the right card. Peevish is the word which kept coming to mind. He was, however, ruthlessly on-message. If Kerry really is being damaged by the sense that he's a flip-flopper who doesn't know his own mind--and the higher-ups on Team Bush insist that this is the key to beating him--then the president did exactly what he wanted to do. But if the central issue of this election is the September 10 versus the September 12 party, then Bush may have let slip a fair opportunity.

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    •  "Ruthlessly on message"... (none)
      HA!

      C'mon, Weakly Standard.  I suppose one might characterize Bush as staying "ruthlessly on-message"... though one might also call it relentlessly hammering one off-key note on a broken piano.

      Seriously.  how much longer can Bush credibly present his administration's stubborn lack of imagination as "resolute?"  Bush is so on message because his message is only five words long.

      Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of nonthought. -- Milan Kundera

      by Dale on Thu Sep 30, 2004 at 09:57:47 PM PDT

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      •  MSNBC (none)
        I think it was Craig Crawford who said he had "35 minutes of material for a 90 minute debate," and everyone on their panel agreed.

        From another country under U.S. military occupation ... FREE HAWAII!

        by scottmaui on Thu Sep 30, 2004 at 10:13:06 PM PDT

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