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Negativism

I’m getting emails like the ones Derb describes, from people who think we were too tough on Bush last night. The snap polls suggested that most people thought Bush lost–although they didn’t change their minds about the race. The Bush campaign seems to think he lost, too. (Ryan Lizza reports from Spin Alley last night: “Across the room, White House communications director Dan Bartlett, beads of sweat glistening on his forehead, resorts to a very odd line of spin. He lowers expectations for Bush after the debate is already over. ‘President Bush spoke the only way he knows how,’ he says. ‘He’s never been labeled the most eloquent and articulate speaker.’”)

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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