Yup, it looks like Kerry won this first one. Apparently, even the Republicans are saying that he kicked ass. Do me a favor, and, even if you don’t necessarily believe it yourself, pretend that Kerry won hands down tomorrow. Better yet, start a letter to your local paper about just how decisive Kerry’s victory was, how you felt the whole election changing shape as you sat there watching your TV, how you came to accept the inevitability that Bush was going to be defeated. At the very least, do what Atrios is suggesting, and find an on-line poll to jump in on… Come on! This is our chance to show Gallup that there isn’t any fucking 14-point lead, at least not for Bush.
UPDATE: This was the response of the Bush Cheney team. (see poster) All they could come back with, after the complete trouncing of W, was, “Well, we knew he’d have a better message and appear more presidential,” like that somehow makes it less damaging.