Debates are a bit like the first day of school when the pecking order gets established and the kids learn who can beat up who. After losing the first debate by a mile, Bush came back and proved he can handle John Kerry.
|"Debates are a bit like the first day of school when the pecking order gets established and the kids learn who can beat up who."|
In the third debate, this stylistic superiority should serve Bush well even though he will be debating on a series of topics on which Kerry has the edge.
The voters agree with Bush on the foreign policy issues covered in the debate and Bush made a lot more sense than Kerry did on Iraq, terror, and homeland security. But the passivity and tentativeness which seemed to overcome Bush in debate one and stopped him from winning were quite gone. Bush came back.
The post-debate polls should show Bush regaining a five-point lead. The Bush we saw at the Republican convention was back and replaced the awkward, stumbling president we saw in the first debate. For his part, Kerry looked inarticulate and clearly had no answer for Bush's attacks.
More than ever now, I believe that Bush is likely to win the election...as long as the Bush of debate two shows up for debate three.
Dick Morris is a political contributor for FOX News Channel. Earlier in his career, Morris was a campaign consultant for Clinton’s Arkansas gubernatorial campaigns. He has also advised a wide range of political leaders, including Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., Republican Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Tx and former New York City Mayor Ed Koch.
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