Kerry-better on form than expected-much worse on substance
Bush-worse on form-much better on substance
Kerry despite long and largely coherent sentences fell into a few traps because of logical inconsistences
GWB pounded him on "asking Allies to fight for a diversion" also global test a real bad soundbite.
Kerry neutralized the "voted for it before I voted against it" OK but mostly for believers-Kerry's manner and posture appeared presidential but he looked bad at the end.
Bush -big win on explaining why Kerry had inconsistent stance re Allies and brillian on north Korea
dems probably choked on their food when he corrected Kerry on "enriched Uranium vs Plutonium"
kept on point but appeared to slouch and lean on lecturn-didn't get to see his usual erect and athletic posture-seemed tired-expect that his soundbites for commercials will be better than continuous watching.
No knock out for Kerry which he needed-none for Bush which would have ended Kerry-
Bush still ahead now end of the seventh inning and still down two runs.
I don't think too many people will watch next two debates in theri entiretly.
Last thought-Big Winner-Democracy