I'm a little tired and have no coffee so I'll be off for a few minutes to run to a store and get frappuccinoed up.
But I will say this: Everyone but Judy Woodruff, Karen Hughes and Bob Novak has called this a "colossal" win for John Kerry. OK, the were talking about Kerry's "colossal mistake in judgement" line. But everyone is definitely calling this a Kerry victory.
One of my favorite TV personalities is Keith Olberman (you know I work in sports). His post in Hardblogger sums up why it is Kerry won pretty well.
I don't want you guys to get overexcited, though. Gore won the debates hands down, but the spin machine managed to eke out a win for Bush anyway. So me and my fellow blogger bretheren will probably harping on everything Bush did wrong and Kerry did right, influencing the news cycle for a positive outcome for Kerry. At least in theory. But, no mater how it turns out, we have the joy we have tonight because our candidate is the better candidate with an actual plan to fix things. And the other guy doesn't know what the hell he's doing and it shows.
From his first bold statement, accusing Mr. Bush of a "colossal mistake in judgement in Iraq", through his ominous pronouncement that "certainty can sometimes get you into trouble," to his last stiletto twist of quoting the poet laureate of conservatism George Will about Russian democracy's lost momentum, John Kerry never seemed to flip-flop, never seemed flustered, never seemed out of focus.
President Bush, once unfairly described as sounding like a 2nd Grade Teacher frustrated because Kindergarten students didn't intuitively understand him, at times came close to justifying that bitter evaluation. Twice at least he seemed visibly exasperated by Kerry— ready to turn on seeming softballs, but unable to connect. "Course we've done everything to protect this country," he began one reply, then petered out. Later offered another opportunity to pound Kerry after the Senator reminded the audience that Osama Bin Laden had attacked this country, not Saddam Hussein, Mr. Bush began "I know Osama Bin Laden attacked us," and then paused as if that statement had led him not towards an easy parallel between threats realized and threats pending, but rather down a dead-end alley. He took the alley.