Listening to the excerpts of the debate on the radio this morning, I realize Kerry won big. The soundbites are (1) Kerry saying he made a mistake speaking about the war, but Bush made a mistake invading, which is worse? and (2) Bush sounding amazingly lost and hesitant, then petulant, after being called on his sly suggestion that the Iraq invasion was retaliation for 9/11. His “I know OBL attacked us” sounds like a five year old in the playground trying unsuccessfully to deflect teacher's ire.
According to the utterly unbiased Kerry-Edwards web page, the instapolls confirm that Kerry won big.
Here are the poll stats copied from the K-E web page
CNN / GALLUP POLL ON WHO WON DEBATE
CBS POLL ON WHO WON DEBATE:
ABC POLL ON WHO WON DEBATE:
What the K-E page doesn't address is whether this win changed any minds.
For the first time in about two years, I agree with NPR's Juan Williams, who said this morning that it takes a few days of seeing the clips repeated on TV and radio before people make up their minds.
But if they keep playing the soundbites I heard this morning, it can only be good for Kerry…