Paul Begala said something like this:
"George Bush has benefited from the soft bigotry of low expectations about his debating skills for years."
That's a nice riff off the Bush 2000 campaign's best line (really poignant). It's also true as applied to Bush as a debater. He's such a likable guy, and thanks to the Bush camp's ruthless negotiating, Kerry won't have the chance to ask Bush anything directly. (Isn't that amazing? In the most powerful county on earth, the two major candidates for president won't have a chance to have a one-to-one conversation in front of the electorate, because the incumbent won't do it.) I hope Kerry can make a good impression.