October 13, 2004
Live-blogging the last debate.
Please feel free to comment!
7:00pm: I hate that my heart pounds like it does. I hate being nervous for other people, it's enough being nervous for myself.
7:03pm: Uh-oh, Bush just pulled a pen out of his pocket. Someone contact Drudge.
7:04pm: What a bizarro first question. Will our children ever live in a world as safe as the one we grew up in? Is that the one where the Soviet Union and the US had mutually assured destruction? Wacky. Kerry answers 'yes, we absolutely must be'. The rest of the answer is muddled and an attack on Bush. Kerry is repeating things he said in the first debates. His eyeliner looks runny.
7:06pm: Good answer by Bush, about spreading freedom and liberty, he sounds calm and not out of breath. Please, please, please let the rest of the debate continue this way. Bush gleefully brings up the 'nuisance' quote. The thing is, I'm sure Kerry is ready for it. He knew it was coming.
7:07pm: Kerry responds: Tora Bora outsourcing blah blah, how many times can he say the same thing?
7:08pm: 'It's kind of one of those exaggerations' said Bush in response to Kerry saying that Bush didn't care about finding Osama. Of course, if it's not, that's not going to look good tomorrow.
7:09pm: Flu vaccine? Oy, this debate is going to be unbearable.
7:10pm: Talking about getting the flu vaccine from England or Canada doesn't sound good. I know what he's saying but I wonder how it'll play with Kerry's outsourcing comments that you know are coming. When Bush said 'I haven't gotten a flu shot' a guy in the room said 'I bet Kerry got a flu shot' and everyone giggled.
7:11pm: How is health insurance related to a shortage of flu vaccine? It isn't but the truth is, it sounds ok. I hope Americans see through it.
7:12pm: Great shot by Bush about a 'plan being more than a litany of complaints'.
7:13pm: Did Kerry get paid for the Blue Cross/Blue Shield plug?
7:14pm: Kerry just said 'I'll tell you exactly what I'm going to do' and a bunch of people in the room said 'I've got a plan!' at the same time. And, of course, Kerry said 'plan' 78,000 times in his answer.
7:15pm: Ceiling fans from China? The thing is, Kerry is saying zero but he knows how to talk around topics well enough to make it sound good.
7:16pm: 'You pay, and he goes ahead and spends' sounded pretty good. I can't take all these numbers. It's just not my thing.
7:17pm: Bush needs to drink some water. The spit in the corner of his mouth is no good.
7:19pm: Does Kerry really think that education is not tied to jobs? I just don't get it. Oh my gosh. Tony Soprano?
7:21pm: I like this question about how much control presidents have over jobs. I like that it makes Kerry admit that he can't stop outsourcing. 'Shut that loophole in a nanosecond' regarding jobs moving overseas. Is that after everyone gets healthcare, a prom dress, and we get rid of all diseases?
7:23pm: Spit still there. Distracting me. Bush sounds good on taxes, 'we're spending your money'. Still, I really find these topics pretty unbearable.
7:25pm: Kerry makes his second Ronald Reagan mention in this debate.
7:26pm: Nice shot by Bush about Kennedy being the conservative senator from Massachusetts.
7:26pm: Is homosexuality a choice? Interesting question. Bush says he doesn't know. Preaches tolerance. 'We shouldn't have to change our basic views on the sanctity of marriage.'
7:27pm: Maybe it's a pimple on the side of his mouth, not spit?
7:28pm: It's so low bringing up Dick Cheney's daughter. I'm sorry, that's disgusting. Kerry says it's not a choice. Makes sure to say that he and his president see marriage the same way.
7:30pm: Abortion really makes me tune out. Another issue I know I should care about, yet don't.
7:34pm: I like health savings accounts. Trying to tune back in. Bush sounds better than the last debate, completely even and not stumbling.
7:35pm: 'The reason health care costs are getting higher....' starts Kerry and you just know it's all Bush's fault. I don't understand why Bush doesn't hammer Kerry on the whole 'import drugs from Canada'. Why is that the one field Kerry is ok outsourcing?
7:37pm: Good shot by Bush about Kerry being in the Senate for 20 years but having no healthcare record. This is why it's always better to be a governor running for president.
7:38pm: So sleepy listening to these healthcare questions (and, before anyone asks, I actually don't have any healthcare at all). It's just not my subject.
7:39pm: Nicky Hilton's marriage is over after less than two months. And I thought those two crazy kids were going to make it.
7:40pm: If Kerry says 'plan' one more time, I'm going to stab someone in the eye.
7:41pm: OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Bush got his nice shot at 'news organizations' and how it's not credible to quote them. Nice.
7:42pm: 'Govt. run health will lead to poor quality healthcare'. Bush is rocking on this answer. 'Our healthcare system is the envy of the world.' Go Bush.
7:42pm: Kerry again mentions Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Seriously, how much is he getting? When Kerry started on VA, an ex-Marine in the room said 'that's Clinton's fault' and then Bush said pretty much the same thing.
7:44pm: Social Security. Agree with Bush for the most part, like privatizing completely but no candidate goes that far. Otherwise feel sleepy on the subject.
7:49pm: Kerry's got a plan.
7:46pm: Wow, great follow-up question to Kerry about his promising to change nothing on Social Security and the fact that Social Security can't survive if changes aren't made. The solution by Kerry, as it is to every problem: tax the rich!
7:50pm: I missed the question on immigration. I was zoning out and reading Vodkapundit who is just as bored as I am.
7:53pm: I hate this whole 'card' thing for immigration and I hate that Bush won't admit it's amnesty.
7:54pm: 'Middle-class families aren't making it, Bob'. I guess it will come down to whether the middle-class watching this think 'yeah, I better get down to that bread line early tomorrow morning' or 'I wish we could buy that new car, maybe next year, a pre-owned it will be for us this year'.
7:56pm: People from the Middle East are allegedly coming over the border! If Bush had said this, calls of 'racist' would be deafening.
7:59pm: I like that Bush ties jobs to education. Isn't that a liberal idea? Why is Kerry so against that?
8:00pm: Kerry will not appoint a pro-life judge. That's good that he makes that clear. Bush says he will have no such litmus test.
8:02pm: FIFTY PERCENT of black males in NY are unemployed? Someone get the stats, quick. That sounds insane.
8:03pm: 'Only a liberal from Massachusetts thinks a 49% increase in education is too little.'
8:04pm: Vodkapundit: This thing is, mercifully, two-thirds over. Kerry is doing what Bush did in the first debate. He's smirking "off" camera, he's droning, he's dull. Bush, no matter how boring I find the material, at least sounds passionate. Problem is, other than intoxicated political junkies like me, who the hell is still watching?
8:08pm: Bush kicks ass on Iraq, whatever you think of the war, Kerry makes zero sense on it.
8:10pm: Room collapses into laughter when Kerry says 'I'm a hunter.'
8:12pm: Kerry opposes quotas. I oppose the lack of coffee provided at this party.
8:14pm: Dying. Bored. Sleepy. Can't listen to this. Why is Bush doing best in a debate this boring?
8:15pm: Good answer on Bush on his faith. Of course, the real question is what the hell does it have to do with domestic policy?
8:17pm: Whenever Kerry disagrees with something that he knows is popular with the American people, he says 'I respect....' Kerry sounds so fake and bizarre on religion. I have no idea what he's saying. I'm not the same religion as Bush but at least I know what he's talking about.
8:19pm: Softball question to Kerry: 'will you try to bring people together?' What's Kerry going to say, 'no, I like the divisiveness'. Kerry paying a compliment to the president on what he did after 9/11. Am I mistaken or did Kerry make fun of Bush for not running out of the classroom when he heard the towers were struck?
8:22pm: What does it say that I think Bush is winning but I don't care?
8:23pm: 'What is the most important thing you've learned from these strong women?' OY. What the hell kinds of questions are these? You can hear the audience laughing at Bush's funny, wholesome answer.
8:25pm: OH MY GOSH. If there's one thing Kerry didn't need to say, it's that he 'married up'. WOW. Kerry says hardly a word about Theresa and goes right into talking about his mom. That's a little strange, especially after Bush's touching tribute to Laura.
8:26pm: If Bush said 'idear' the way Kerry just did twice, well, you know....Democrats are always 'well-spoken' and 'smart'.
8:27pm: Kerry almost made it all the way through the debate without mentioning Vietnam. Almost.
8:29pm: Nice closing by Bush, even and sweet.Posted by Karol at October 13, 2004 09:01 PM | TrackBack