If the first debate was all Kerry, this one was all Bush. As I noted a week ago the town hall format was going to be the best format for Bush. He proved it tonight.
Kerry was not bad, but in some respects will be a victim of the higher expectations from the first debate. Given the inevitable comparisons between Bush’s first debate performance and tonights it would be next to impossible not to notice the dramatically better performance by Bush.
Wizbang corespondent Douglas Ott is covering the debates on-site:
Also on campus: Amanda Doerty.
NZ Bear offers this:
Bush connected with the audience with humor (self-deprecating and otherwise), while Kerry utterly failed to do the same. It was Bush’s room: Kerry was just visiting. Combining that with solid answers which hammered Kerry on his weakest points made tonight a clear win for Bush on points, if not an utter knockout.
I can buy that…