The Corner

Response to K-Lo

I was just talking about the closer. For the debate overall, I’d say it’s a tie. (Btw, as I type Kondracke is making my point re Bush’s failure to pound home the $87 billion. Kristol expressed surprise that he hadn’t talked about 9/11 more.) I suspect Kerry supporters are happier than Bush ones about how the debate went. I have no idea how swing voters will react. But let’s remember that the stakes were higher for Kerry. He had to win this debate decisively, I think, and he didn’t.

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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