Friday, October 08, 2004

Minimal Effects?

I'm with Steve. I doubt that this debate changed many minds. Kerry marginally outpointed Bush, and the president was genuinely annoying during the first half. But he recovered well, and actually presented himself pretty well during the discussions of domestic policy. Kerry's favorable ratings will probably rise a tad (after all, many Americans still know little about him), and he might gain a point in the polls.

Viewership was probably low for this debate, given that it was a Friday night on a holiday weekend, and that it was up against the baseball playoffs, and since there was no obvious moment to be replayed on newscasts (and who watches the news on Saturday anyway?), the Showdown in St. Louis will probably fall into the weekend news hole, never to be seen again. By Monday, all eyes will be on the Dustup in the Desert. (All bets are off if SNL manages to show Bush physically assaulting Charlie Gibson or the man who asked him about importing drugs from Canada).

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"All bets are off if SNL manages to show Bush physically assaulting Charlie Gibson or the man who asked him about importing drugs from Canada"

Never have truer words been spoken. All hail the awesome power of comedy!

Palooka said...

OK, when Kerry "wins" the debate it is incredible momentum, and when Bush wins the debate, it just can't change many minds. Sheesh, seems like the entire line of Polysigh contributors have been poking the smot.

Dorian Warren said...

Actually palooka, I didn't think Kerry won the debate. If nothing else, Bush won on the criteria of energizing his base and restoring morale (yours included i'm assuming) in his ability to connect with voters and not seem totally inept. But it is clear that Kerry "won" the first one (pre and post spin), and that Bush's performance in this last debate wasn't the same as Kerry's first debate performance. Unfortunately for Bush, because the momentum had shifted to Kerry by the 2nd debate, he would have had to be stellar, and Kerry a mumbling idiot for it to have a lasting impact. Also, since it was a Friday night, and most people (not us!) were tuned into more exciting things like baseball, I'm guessing that hurt Bush more than Kerry.