by Virginia Postrel • Oct 13, 2004 at 10:03 pm
I was dreading tonight's debate as yet another 90-minute exchange of talking points, but it actually had some substance--in part because George W. Bush is a whole lot wonkier when he's talking about domestic issues than foreign policy. The contrast between Bush's dynamic analysis of the health care system and the static assumptions of John Kerry's plan was particularly striking. (Then, of course, Bush blew it by bragging about the prescription drug benefit.)
Kerry made a substantive point about the inescapable transition costs of moving to private retirement accounts while covering current obligations. But he made it in a confusing way, presumably because he was working harder to scare oldsters than to ellucidate the issue.
Bush's response on immigration was gutsy and seemed heart-felt, even though all he did was reiterate his established position. Kerry dodged the issue.
You might think the president used to be a governor. (The debate transcript is here.
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