Intitial VP debate reactions: Vice President Cheney wins this debate by a good stride. He was confident, assured, and looked a little more in command than Edwards. He hammered Edwards on many more points than President Bush did last week. The only downside was this debate went on way too long, and Cheney began to look a little (understandably) tired toward the end.

I think Cheney came off as intelligent, competent, and willing to take Edwards to the woodshed if needed. Edwards kept whining about healthcare, but healthcare will not win the 2004 election. Toughness counts, and Cheney was a bulldog tonight.