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10/14/2004: Gem o'the Day:

I'm an utter and complete failure. Three debates, and I wanted to make this blog a "debate-free" zone for just one debate, but my daily reads kept coming up with quotables that I'm just compelled to take notice of.

Melanie at Just a Bump on the Beltway takes the honors for the third debate for this gem:

What I noticed last night was W's mirage, that ghost of himself that he thinks is always just over the horizon. He makes assertions about who he is and what he does, rather than come up with facts. He has an allergy to facts that is unlike any other president I've seen since Nixon. This is the least self-aware man I have ever seen in public life: he is simply immature. What did in his dad in '92 was the grocery store scanner incident. The son is even further removed from the reality of life of the vast majority of us who aren't making six digit incomes. That ignorance was on full display last night.

This interchange was the most telling:
Mr. President, what do you say to someone in this country who has lost his job to someone overseas who's being paid a fraction of what that job paid here in the United States?

BUSH: I'd say, Bob, I've got policies to continue to grow our economy and create the jobs of the 21st century. And here's some help for you to go get an education. Here's some help for you to go to a community college.
If you lose your job, it's because you are uneducated? We are in the middle of a structural change in employment which Chimpy cannot understand since he's never had to hold down a job. We are rapidly becoming a country without middle class jobs. Neither candidate addressed that, but W is so far removed from the world of work that I don't hold out much hope that he'd ever "get it." He certainly doesn't care about it. The jobs of the 21st Century appear to be low-wage, service sector jobs. Good on you, W. You don't need a community college education for one of those.
From the post debate spin on the blogosphere, though, it's clear that I made the right decision in deciding to watch the Cards thump the 'stros instead.

Len on 10.14.04 @ 12:02 PM CST


Replies: 2 comments

on Thursday, October 14th, 2004 at 6:39 PM CST, Melanie said


A link from you is a high compliment. Thanks. I was 0 for 2 last night, the other option being watching the Sox lose to the Bronx Bums.

I was in bed before 10.

on Thursday, October 14th, 2004 at 11:08 PM CST, Len Cleavelin said

I am sorry to hear of that. Hopefully the Sox will be able to pull it out. Of course, I want to see the Cards beat the Sox (or the Yankees, if The Worst happens), but if the Sox were to win the Series I won't weep--much. 1918 was a long time ago, and they're well overdue.

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