I heaved a big sigh of relief tonight. Kerry clearly won the debate, but more important was the fact that for the first time I can actually say I like him. I don’t “love” him, as he’s not near liberal enough for me, but that’s a big change from earlier.
Bush wasn’t near as bad as my expectations were, and I’m trying to be objective, but he really was pretty bad. Not just in debating skills, but in demeanor, uncertainty during certain parts, and just seeming flustered and frustrated. I can objectively say my opinion of any candidate, even one I liked, would diminish if they performed like that.
Kerry was calm, cool, collected, decisive, and took a clear stand on issues that I haven’t been certain of yet. Although to be honest I haven’t paid too close attention to the platforms since I can’t vote here. It is true that I’ve made up my mind already, but even if Bush were to come out and say everything in line with my own beliefs right now I’d know he was lying since there’s 4 years of proof to the opposite. So I don’t feel too bad about not knowing the finer details.