Tuesday night's presidential debate reinforced my personal opinion of the candidates: Gore as a policy wonk and Bush as an affable lightweight. I would pick someone who is heavy on details any day over a feel-good candidate running away from serious inspection of his politics -- the most telling moment for me was when Bush avoided taking a strong pro-life stance against RU-486 by acting as if the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration has decision-making authority that can't be questioned by the president of the United States. I enjoyed Jacob Weisberg's assessment in Slate: "Bush got his clock cleaned."

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