Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Sunday, October 03, 2004
Some selected Bush phrase counts from Thursday night:
The Republican propaganda machine functions by repeating the same ideas over and over again. But when it's done properly, the speaker works the talking points into a statement, making them sound like observations rather than talking points.
When it's done this crudely, the propaganda element is laid bare and too obvious to be effective. In particular, repeating not merely the same ideas but the same exact words over and over again was what made Bush so ineffective on Thursday. He sounded like a telemarketer who sticks to his script and can't actually say anything else.
For Kerry, this was a complete victory because he accomplished exactly what he needed in this debate. He stood next to Bush and looked more presidential, more secure, more knowledgeable.