William Safire announces in his latest column that Bush clearly won Friday's debate because he managed to convince William Safire on all of his points. Safire then lists some of the triumphal debating points that so convinced him.
When Kerry complained again of "going it alone," Bush was ready with a powerful counterpunch: "Tell Tony Blair we're going alone. Tell Silvio Berlusconi we're going alone. Tell Aleksander Kwasniewski we're going alone."
This not only showed that Bush knew these allies personally, but could also pronounce Kwasniewski's name...,
Safire only gets 700 words or so of highly coveted New York Times op-ed space to present his analysis of the debate, so you know he's not going to waste it on trivial points. He's going to get right to the meat and highlight Bush's most convincing moments, the moments that really said, "this man has what it takes to lead the free world." And according to William Safire one of the most important of those moments was the revelation that George Bush has met world leaders and can pronounce their names!
I suppose we all have days when we can't think of anything intelligent to say.