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10/01/2004: Gem o'the Day:

I'd intended to make this blog a Presidential Debate-Free Zone, inasmuch as the "debates" are a farce and a scam (not to mention that I knew who I was voting for in 2004 back when the only election that mattered in 2000 (the one in the Supreme Court, not the one in the 50 states) anointed Bush). Unfortunately, this one's too good to pass up:

I watched a bit of the Kerry-Bush debate this evening. Oh man, that was almost (but not quite) as funny as "America's Funniest Home Videos." Did you notice the way Bush couldn't quite grasp the fact that no one was going to applaud when he paused? He wasn't debating; he was grandstanding. I loved this part:
Kerry: "When we went in [to Iraq], there were three countries: Great Britain, Australia, and the United States. That's not a 'Grand Coalition'; we can do better."

Bush: "Well, actually he forgot Poland."
This one was pretty sweet too:
Kerry: "The President is the one who said we can't allow countries to get nuclear weapons; they [North Korea] have. I'll change that."
Awesome! Kerry's going to Pyongyang to personally sock Kim Jong-Il right out of his elevator shoes. It's about time we started electing superheroes.

The short story: Kerry is running rhetorical circles around Bush. Anyone who can't see that either knows nothing about principles of debate or is too busy sucking Bush's cock to pay any actual attention. (You know who you are.)
Mark Crispin Miller's doing the statutory post-debate analysis on Air America's Morning Sedition, and he's made an interesting point: Bush's practice this campaign of rationing his appearances to hand picked audiences of supporters who have to sign endorsements to see him may have come back to bite Bush in the ass. Miller points out that basking in the love of his mindless, unconditional supporters isn't exactly the best way to prepare to engage someone who is actually talking back.

And as long as I'm giving in to temptation and blogging the debate, one of the Daily Kos diaries has an interesting post listing a number of residents of Right Blogistan who concede that Bush sucked at the debate.

Time for Rove to crank up the SCLM spin machine. There's still plenty of time to convince the unwashed masses that Bush won, in spite of the evidence. :-)

Len on 10.01.04 @ 07:30 AM CST


Replies: 2 comments

on Friday, October 1st, 2004 at 9:08 AM CST, Gooseneck said

Len, nice links. I had a blast watching the debate though Bush's demeanor kinda made me fidgety. But I think that there is something to the fact that Bush caters to his own hand-picked audiences... It really bit him in the ass.

He looked silly up there. He seemed very uncomfortable, and I don't think that he realized (as Kerry did)that the cameras were capable of being on him more than when he was just speaking.

Do you think the foreign leaders that watched the debate look at Bush with any legitimacy, or were they doing what I found myself doing... watching in disbelief as the most powerful man in the world got his ass handed to him in a paper sack by a person who, in all probability, should have been an easy deabate.

on Friday, October 1st, 2004 at 9:20 AM CST, Len Cleavelin said

Personally, I don't think that foreign leaders (leaving aside Tony "Bush lap dog" Blair and a few other leaders of "The Coalition of the Billing") have conceded Bush any legitimacy ever since he squandered the post-9/11 goodwill of the entire world by rushing into his ill-considered Iraqi adventure. Though I don't think that they were necessarily watching in disbelief; I'd thought myself that it was likely that, given any chance for "spontaneity" in the debate that Bush would get his ass handed to him; thinking on his feet ain't the Crawford Village Idiot's strong point.

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