10/06/2004: Gem o'the Day:
Edwards underperformed, probably because he was overprepared with pat speeches, not all of which were responsive (even by the low standards of responsiveness that are the hallmark of these events). A great trial lawyer, it turns out, is not necessarily a great politico on televison. (I hereby resign from picking political candidates.) Cheney, by contrast, is a pro: I can't recall the last time I saw such a confident, earnest, and well-spoken pathological liar and dissembler. No matter how huge the lie he was telling, he told it clearly and directly, without any uncertainty. If Bush were this good in this kind of setting, the race wouldn't be as close as it is.
Len on 10.06.04 @ 01:19 PM CST