Was it just me, or did Bush come across as pretty angry and defensive? A couple of times, it seemed to me that he was so agressive with his answers that he was almost yelling at the poor person asking the question. Did anyone else have that impression?
However, while Kerry was speaking Bush did manage to contain his scowls and grimaces (though he chuckled sarcastically a couple of times). Instead, his face looked as if it had received a recent botox treatment. Bush did, however, manage to carry over his whiny tone of voice from the first debate.
As far as determining the winner goes, this bit from MSNBC’s blog has my favorite analysis:
The Scorer’s Table, having taken two hours to let the Blogosphere complete its due diligence (and to permit the scorer to retreat to a corner of the room, don cold compresses, and moan quietly), can now quote the truth from “Factcheck.Org”: “President Bush himself would have qualified as a ‘small business owner’ under the Republican definition, based on his 2001 federal income tax returns. He reported $84 of business income from his part ownership of a timber-growing enterprise.” Brooks Jackson’s marvelous site noted that the timber interest was listed under “royalties” in his 2002 and 2003 returns, indicating The Texas Thunderbolt still has an interest in said concern.
The point awarded to Mr. Bush in the thirteenth round is hereby withdrawn and awarded to Mr. Kerry, for the latter’s enterprising hoisting of his opponent on said opponent’s own petard.
Mr. Bush is also penalized three points for a truth foul.
Mr. Bush is further penalized two points for getting snarky while in the act of being factually incorrect.
The thirteenth round, originally scored 2-0 for Mr. Bush, now reverts to a 1-1 draw, and the rounds awarded total now changes from 12 Kerry, 4 Bush, 3 Drawn, to 12 Kerry, 3 Bush, 4 Drawn.
The final points scoring is now adjusted from Kerry 15, Bush 12, to Kerry 16, Bush 6. The Scorer thus designates the outcome as a Kerry victory outside the margin for statistical error.
The scorer’s table reproaches President Bush for not knowing when he has wood.