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Wednesday, October 06, 2004
 
Good 2, Evil 0

The big media boys give solid explanations of why last night was a victory for Kerry/Edwards here and here. The key point is that of the four men who have debated so far, Bush definitely looks like the one who doesn't belong in the picture. The other three were all able to give coherent explanations of their positions while Bush grimaced and stammerred. Also, while Cheney did do a few things to fire up the base, he did remarkably little to promote Bush; Edwards kept his eye on the ball and repeatedly pushed Kerry. It's the advantage of being an experienced lawyer - unlike Cheney, John Edwards last night never forgot who his client was.

In some ways, it was less successful than it could have been. In both debates, Bush and Cheney claimed that the vote against the $87 billion was a betrayal of the troops, and Kerry's supporting one bill for the money and opposing another was an obvious flip flop. I am at a complete loss to explain why neither Kerry nor Edwards has pointed out that Bush opposed the version that Kerry supported - by his own standards, Bush has betrayed our troops and Kerry/Edwards won't mention it. Also, Cheney left a fat opening when he talked about how the atmosphere in Congress was more congenial and bipartisan when he was in it. Edwards should have pointed out that this was under a Democratic leadership, and invited voters to bring back that era by returning a Democratic majority in Congress.

Minor landmark last night: it seems that for the first time, Mary Cheney and her life partner were allowed to go on stage for the traditional family greetings after the debate.


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