Finally got around to taking a look at the second debate, and I have to say that Kerry won this one as well, albeit nowhere nearly as decisevely. Most Bush-supporters are working hard to portray matters differently, but I'm glad to see that at least one is willing to call it like it is. I mean, what was up with that rebuttal of his? How can a President lose his rag so completely on national television? Why quote the Dred Scott decision only to expose your ignorance of American constitutional history?
There's no getting around the fact that with each debate, John Kerry has looked steadily more like presidential material, and Bush less so. This isn't a matter of personal pique on my part, as I still think Cheney got the better of Edwards*, and likely would hand Kerry's ass to him as well, were he in Bush's shoes.
PS: Even if one is of the belief that tonight was at worst a "draw" for Bush (hard as I find that to understand), it's still fair to say that he lost in as far as he failed to put a halt to Kerry's momentum. Connecting with one's base or the Missouri audience isn't what matters; swaying undecideds is, and Bush simply didn't do the job.
*Albeit with the aid of a few major whoppers.