Kerry's worst mistakes: (1) a slip on a “global test” for preemptive war. While he meant that any war must be something we can justify to the world. It will be twisted to mean he'll demand approval from the black-helicopter-UN before sneezing. (2) Somewhat robotic repetition of some of the same talking points.
Bush's worst mistakes: (1) inarticulate, bad body language, sounded flustered by unexpected questions; (2) didn't seem to have a full command of the facts
Kerry's best moves: Great delivery: strong and dignified and articulate (when not repeating himself). Hit key points he had to hit
Bush's best move — suggesting that Kerry's claim the attack on Iraq was wrong doesn't square with his expressed desire to “win” now. (Despite Kerry's later reference to the Pottery Barn theory, which was not a great corrective.)
Things that await the spin: Korea 2-party or 6-party talks? Bush's set-piece about meeting a war widow.
Prediction: The anti-Kerry soundbites will be all the same they were before — why let facts get in the way.
But I mostly heard this on the radio. Did it look different on TV?