Third debate roundup

We’ve had about 18 hours to mull over the final presidential debate, so here’s a roundup of the best analysis I’ve found so far.
PoliPundit applies his usually-reliable snap judgment method of picking a winner to declare “this election is over” … Bush is going to win.
Hugh Hewitt thinks Kerry’s toast. To his way of thinking, Kerry hurt his prospects with voting mothers by using Lynne & Dick Cheney’s daughter as a political prop. Hugh also notes the importance of the NRA entering the fray, and thinks that the new Kerry healthcare soundbites can beef up the “Hillarycare” bludgeon enough to allow Bush/Cheney to crush Kerry/Edwards. Don’t miss Hugh’s list of contrasts, either; copy and e-mail it to your centrist and undecided friends.
Jim Geraghty was on Hugh Hewitt’s show yesterday, and responded favorably to the host’s optimism. Geraghty’s featured post on The Kerry Spot today says “forget the polls.”
Stephen Green, the impressive Vodkapundit, hasn’t voted a straight Republican ticket since 1988. But he’s now convinced that the Democrats value power more than our democratic institutions. The latest round of electoral abuses and fraud lead the Vodkapundit to conclude that the Dems are “trying, however inadvertently, to destroy the Republic in order to rule it.” He’ll be voting a straight Republican ticket this time.
Arthur Chrenkoff, an Australian who emigrated from Poland, is none too amused over Kerry’s “real alliances” meme … which disses Australia and Poland.
Michelle Malkin debunks both candidates’ responses to the flu vaccine question.
James at Outside The Beltway gathers the reactions to Kerry’s use of Mary Cheney’s homosexuality as an example when answering the question about whether being gay is a choice.
JustOneMinute has insights on Mary Cheney, outsourcing the hunt for Osama, Democrat spin, and Kerry’s inflated legislation claims. I won’t summarize them; it’d fill this post to overflowing. Just go read ’em.

4 comments

  1. Chet

    Stephen Green, the impressive Vodkapundit, hasn’t voted a straight Republican ticket since 1988. But he’s now convinced that the Democrats value power more than our democratic institutions.
    I have to say, that’s a pretty funny thing to say with GOP-funded organizations tearing up legitimate Democratic voter registrations in Oregon and Nevada.
    Sure, Democrats value power. Power is how you get things done, and the power needs to be taken from Republicans, who have proven themselves totally incompetent in its use.
    That doesn’t excuse election fraud. But to blame Democrats when the worst examples ae being funded by the GOP simply doesn’t make sense.

  2. deadscot

    Well Puddle Pirate, so far I’m batting 1.000 in political predictions and I want to go ahead and weigh in on how the next three weeks will play out. This is now Kerry’s race to lose. Look for the Bush campaign to go extremely negative across the board. Barring a heightened terrorist threat, or severe October surprise, Kerry will become the next President of the United States.

  3. Chet

    Barring a heightened terrorist threat
    Gosh, you don’t think they’d do that, do you? Elevate the terror threat level in order to influence the voting public?
    Heavens forfend! /sarcasm

  4. deadscot

    Actually Chet, I don’t think the Homeland Security Administration would play politics with the threat level before the election. I have a tad bit more respect for the president than to think he would stoop to such a level. Call me naive if you wish but time will tell.
    I truly believe that President Bush feels that he has consistently made the right choices and he hasn’t. The analogy I have consistently used with ‘undecided’ voters is simply this: If you reward your dog for crapping in your living room what do you expect to get out of it? I would very much like to see President Bush step down with dignity and somewhat close the chapter on an extremely tragic portion of American history.