U.S. Presidential Debate #1: Sucked
It wasn't a debate. It was a bunch of policy statements, mixed with a little, 'my opponent is wrong'. Nobody leaning toward either candidate will switch their view.
Kerry gained a little because he was able to lay out that his positions actually were consistent, thus neutralizing, a little, and only among truly un\decided voters, the 'flip-flop' accusation.
Bush gained, a little, because he actually had SOME command of SOME of the details of foreign policy. Not as much as Kerry, but nobody thinks he's a smart as a Kerry.
In other words....
Kerry got himself from 'intelligent flip-flopper' to 'intelligent more-consistent-than-I-thought'.
Bush got himself from 'self-assured idiot' to 'self-assured, maybe-he's-smarter-than-I-thought'.
I'd be surprised if anybody undecided suddenly got decided after seeing that.
Proud to be an American
Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.