–I personally find it hard to watch either Bush or Kerry speak, especially when it counts, such as in a debate. Both did a little better than I thought they would. I thought Kerry won on style and Bush won on substance, though Kerry certainly had some moments where he gave strong answers that would have broad appeal–such as a list of all the things he would do at home to make the US safer. I should also add that in the past I have been a terrible judge of who wins these things.
Jim Geraghty on Kerry Spot on NRO has been particularly strong in the last few weeks–worth checking regularly. I thought that this comment from one of Geraghty’s readers summed some problems with Kerry’s arguments:
“To summarize his [Kerry’s] comments: It’s the wrong war at the wrong time, but I’m committed to winning it; We’re spending too much on Iraq ($200 billion), but I’d send more troops and equipment; I’ll bring in more nations to help Iraq, but the other nations currently in Iraq were coerced and do not provide much assistance; Saddam and Iraq were a grave threat, but Osama is the only terrorist worth pursuing; Terrorists are pouring into Iraq, but Iraq is a distraction to the war on terror. I still have no idea what he would do as President to fight this war on terrorism.”