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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-21-08 01:53 PM
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54. No one said Bush won the debates
The bar was low, but the Kerry people cleverly countered it by suggesting that the lights used to tell when your time was up could be confusing. Kerry was the top debater in the country during the years he was at Yale - those debates were also timed. Kerry had also killed Weld in debates, even though Weld was extremely popular and smart.

As it was, I remember at the place I was at, a neighbor looking blown away mid way though the debate simply said "there's no way they can spin this one." Kerry was clear, articulate and extremely knowledgeable - and Bush copied at least one answer.

Here, both HRC and Obama are smart and articulate. The advantage to Obama is that he merely has to come across as he has for the last month - as himself. The main thing he has to do is not overreact to any HRC attacks. The last debate was good for Clinton because both came across well and it was friendly. Given where they are now, that peaceful excellent debate is less than HRC would need. That is why she has the harder job - she needs to pull people away from Obama without looking nasty - a very tough thing to do.
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