Tuesday, October 05, 2004


I know I have been delinquent in not posting on the Presidential debate as soon as I should have. Allow me to make but a brief note of it here, since others have covered it far better than I can. John Kerry won, there is no disputing that. It was a decent debate, but there were no knockdowns. But I believe that the "Global Test" will be biting Kerry in the butt until election day.

In the meantime, tonight was the Vice-Presidential Debate. In this one, there was a knockdown. When Edwards complained that the US was paying 90% of the cost and 90% of the casualties in the Iraq war, Cheney nailed him on it. Those figures are only right if you ignore all Iraqis fighting on our side. Cheney, quite rightly, accused Edwards of dismissing out of hand our most important allies in this war. Also, it was quite a zinger when Cheney attacked Edwards' attendance record, noting that even though he presides over the Senate, he had never met Edwards until tonight. Also, Edwards' hometown paper apparently nicknamed him "Senator Gone"... Ouch.

Cheney may have won big, but remember to keep some perspective: the real debates still feature Bush and Kerry. Don't look for this to affect the polls or the election.

UPDATE: This liberal blogger agrees. And he should know, since he posts almost exclusively on debating and law.

UPDATE 2: Apparently Cheney has met Edwards!! He'll probably claim to have forgotten, but the damage is done. He did so well, and then shot himself in the foot. (Thanks to commenter for pointing this out, see comment for link to picture)


At 10/06/2004 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately for Cheney, there's a photo circulating: herethat shows Cheney in the presence of Edwards. Edwards also apparently escorted Elizabeth Dole to be sworn in by Cheney to the senate. In 4 years, they can produce two "encounters" between the two men, which may or may not have been a "meeting," if they never greeted each other or talked. Nevertheless, the spin doctors will have a field day with this one.

At 10/06/2004 9:04 PM, Blogger Randomscrub said...

Well, you apear to be right, and Cheney should not have claimed such a thing.


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