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October 05, 2004

JUST GOT BACK from taking my mother-in-law to the hospital again. I don't think I'm in the right frame of mind to liveblog the debates tonight. Stephen Green and Ann Althouse will be liveblogging, I believe, and if you're going to be liveblogging it too, you can leave a link here. Back later.

UPDATE: PoliPundit, who called the last debate for Kerry within five minutes, has declared Cheney the winner of this one.

Jim Geraghty: "The single most devastating drubbing since Lloyd Bentsen smacked Dan Quayle all around the stage in 1988."

Stephen Green: "I changed the channel back to Fox, and their 'All-Star Panel' looks happy tonight. After the Bush-Kerry debate last week, they looked like they'd been through the wringer. That speaks volumes about who the commentariat will probably view as tonight's winner."

Ed Morrissey: "Edwards got buried." He doesn't think it'll make a lot of difference, though. (Well, Quayle getting buried didn't.)

Ann Althouse: "I'm beginning to feel a bit sorry for Edwards."

This, however, may overstate things a bit.

Jeff Jarvis, meanwhile, thinks Edwards won. His commenters think the questions were lame.

Hugh Hewitt: "A Cheney win, but no disaster for Edwards . . . Key thing is that Kerry's record is back on the table." He's done the question-by-question scorecard thing again, too.

Mickey Kaus: "Edwards at times looked like a yapping ankle-biter." Hey, I didn't know Edwards had a blog!

Andrew Sullivan: "I think Edwards won easily."

Transcript here. And another good review for Gwen Ifill, who seems to have made a much better impression than Jim Lehrer did last week.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Did Edwards meet Cheney before? Photos here.

RealClearPolitics has more on that, and the debate in general.

LAST UPDATE to this post: Jonah Goldberg offers some meta-analysis on the debate punditry: "I think the disparity between pro-Bush and anti-Bush pundits (there are so few pro-Kerry pundits it's silly to create a category for them) might be partially explained by an interesting dynamic. Principled conservatives and principled liberals like their Veeps better than their presidents."