I missed the debate tonight. Blame it on work, blame it on already having seen the first two (as well as the veep debate) and noticing that they were already repeating themselves pretty thoroughly by the second.
It makes sense; Kerry knew damned well that he won the first, so he kept doing what he was doing. Bush knew that he lost the first, so he corrected and tried to do as well as possible in the second, and in fact improved.
But one week of study can’t really make up for being, as they say in Yiddish (forgive my horrible attempt at transliteration) nicht ein grosse chuchen, nicht ein kleiner narr — neither a great sage nor a small fool. So the second debate was pretty much as expected. From what I’ve heard, the third debate was much of the same.
Oh well. If it wasn’t clear from this post, my mind is pretty much made up, and it has been for a couple of years.