Better Angels

"...all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." ---Abraham Lincoln, First Innaugural Address

Tuesday, September 28, 2004


I was watching C-Span last night and managed to catch the rerun of James Fallows speaking about the debate styles of Bush and Kerry. I read his original article in the Atlantic with interest and it was a treat to see actual clips of the debates referenced, especially the Weld-Kerry match-up. True to C-Span form, the callers alternated between Bush and Kerry supporters and it made for a particularly interesting contrast.

Kerry supporters called in with specific suggestions, especially about which issues Kerry should attack Bush with. Many of them sounded like they've been following comment threads at Eschaton or Kos.

When asked "what does Bush need to do to win these debates?" at least two Bush callers I heard answered with some variation on "just be himself, speak from the heart, tell the truth." He was praised for being "sincere" and "a godly man." One particularly emotional caller stressed how we should never forget what he did for us "at 9/11." Don't worry, love, we won't.