Bush won it. I missed the first few minutes (and I couldn’t blog from where I watched it). But I don’t think you can score it any other way. If Bush had given this performance the first night he might have put this election away. Kerry was generally back on his heels throughout the night. I don’t know how much impact it will have because A) Kerry was smart about going out after female voters time and again (the affirmative action and minimum wage answers became fairly effective panders to women) and B) who knows how much smaller tonight’s audience was.
But Bush really did pull it out. Funny how the conventional wisdom was wrong. Bush was at a disadvantage on foreign policy and stronger on domestic — the opposite of the way it was supposed to work.