“after we prayed, teared up, and laughed some”

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.

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  1. LT
    Posted September 30, 2004 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    “And don’t forget Poland.”

  2. mark
    Posted October 1, 2004 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    My favorite line of the evening was the one I quoted in the headline of this post. It was said by Bush when talking about the time he had spent consoling the wife of an American soldier that had died in Iraq. I was blown away by his addition of the phrase, “and laughed some.” I don’t know if it necessarily translates to printed page, but it certainly didn’t come off well as it was said.

  3. Posted October 1, 2004 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    Kerry did do well – even with the Polish.

    The local poll on GOP radio (1600 AM) is apparently being bombarded by liberal commies:


    (it’s in the lower left corner)

  4. dorothy(old pharmacist)
    Posted October 1, 2004 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    OMG! i am cautiously optimistic. president smirky looked like a total idiot…he seemed to ramble and repeat himself. without rove under the podium to tell him what to say and cheny to hold his hand, he’s lost. (oops, i should have said with his hand up his ass to make his mouth move.)

  5. Ken Boyd
    Posted October 1, 2004 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    I want to know when you are going to make a post about architecture!!

  6. kez panel
    Posted October 1, 2004 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    So far, on msn, Kerry scored the most points last night with viewers!


    Every voter should take this Bush/Kerry test from CNN:


    And, for a complete transcript of the debate:


  7. Tony Buttons
    Posted October 1, 2004 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    As I was watching it, I thought that Bush would be declared the winner. I thought that he was doing a good job of laying out his core messages and staying on target. I thought that Kerry went to deep into issues. I didn’t think that the American people would respond the way that have. I have a little more faith in my fellow Americans this morning than I did yesterday. This weekend, I plan to go knocking on doors for Kerry. Fuck the agoraphobia. Democracy trumps fear.

  8. Thomas
    Posted October 1, 2004 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    And the “undecided voter” they had on CNN talking about Bush’s success wasn’t really undecided at all. Just check out this site.


    Isn’t the Internet great?

  9. mister ghosty
    Posted October 1, 2004 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    And check out the Fact Check site while you’re at it.


  10. Jim
    Posted October 1, 2004 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    About that war widow, Bush also said, “You know, it’s hard work to try to love her as best as I can, knowing full well that the decision I made caused her loved one to be in harm’s way.”

    Have no doubt: it was a total Kerry victory.
    Kerry looked decisive and Presidential, while Bush came across as frustrated and ill-informed. The DNC website has a montage of Bush’s exasperated expressions:
    I’d like to see a montage of all the times Bush said, “Wrong war, wrong place, wrong time.” He was his own worst enemy last night.

  11. me
    Posted October 1, 2004 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Kerry crushed him like the cockroach he is!!!

  12. Posted October 1, 2004 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Bush use the term “Grand Distraction” at least twice too. Whoopsy.

  13. Posted October 1, 2004 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I hope they string together all of his “Wrong War, Wrong Place, Wrong Time” and “Grand Distraction” quotes and start airing them in the swing states… Like Steve said on his site, I kind of feel sorry for the guy. You just know Cheney and the neo-cons are beating the shit out of him right now. He’s going to be covered in brusises the next time we see him. Just wait and see.

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