I listened to the debate last night and wasn't very impressed by either candidate, to tell you the truth. I think Kerry's low point was when he called Bush a flip-flopper for allowing experiments on the stem-cell lines that were already in existence. It was a cheap shot that ignores Bush's argument, which is entirely rational (even if idiotic). Bush, on the other hand, occasionally resorted to emotional outburst in which he repeated simplistic one-liners designed to appeal to the Joe-5-pack crowd. The most disappointing aspect of the debates for me was listening to the people calling in on C-Span. When asked what particular point of the debate led to their conclusions, no one could remember anything that had been said just minutes before. Instead, they all repeated the inane one-liners from both candidates. I am now convinced that the majority of American voters are only able to maintain their concentration for a span of 30 seconds--the length of a TV add.
Blogosphere pundits takes on the debate:
Redwood Dragon--Kerry stumbled through much of the debate, Xtra Rant--Bush was a petulant frat boy.