10/13/2004: Left Blogistan is all atwitter....
about the question of whether Bush was wearing a concealed radio receiver in his first debate with John Kerry, especially in light of a Salon piece suggesting that a technical expert has expressed his belief that Bush was wearing such a wire. Frankly, I never got really incensed about that story, but Juan Cole nails down exactly what does bother me about the whole affair:
If true, this development is horrifying for several reasons. It means that Bush's disastrous performance in the first debate was the best he could do while cheating. It also means that there is something seriously wrong with Bush's mind, which must be apparent to those close to him. You begin to wonder if the rules laid down for the September 11 Commission, whereby Bush and Cheney were interviewed together, wasn't the first sign of a dirty little secret in official Washington: Nice White House, nobody home.I've already been on record about the joint Bush-Cheney "ventriloquist's dummy" appearance: it's clear that the powers behind the throne in the bAdministration simply didn't trust Bush to remember the story well enough to stick to it without someone like Cheney to answer for him. That's pretty well consistent with Cole's speculation. The meme about Bush being afflicted with pre-senile dementia (QuickTime video; plug in required) is, unfortunately, looking more and more plausible.
George W. Bush: sad proof that a mind is a terrible thing to waste.
Len on 10.13.04 @ 12:34 PM CST