I THOUGHT THAT WATCHING THE 2ND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE IN FRANCE might make a difference in how I saw things as compared to being inside the beltway. I certainly had no access at all to the post-debate spin here at 4:30 a.m. Caen time.
However, I saw the night as a draw — and think I would have seen it that way in Washington as well. What struck me most is how both candidates were trying to be a lot alike, rather than a lot different.
I would have liked to have heard Kerry say to Bush (when he was talking about allies in Iraq) “You forgot Japan tonight, Mr. President. You can’t forget the Japanese,” just to get him back for Poland.
Here is my take published by UPI on Bush-Kerry Round 2. All I can say is that Round 3 looks like it will matter.
Have you noticed that Bush is the only one wearing blue ties?
— Steve Clemons