LULU by John Linton Roberson (c) 2012.
I Didn't Write That!
05 October 2004
  George Bailey Trounces Mr. Potter George Bailey Trounces Mr. Potter (Barely)
The consensus at the moment seems to be that Edwards won over Cheney. Cheney's strategy tonight seems to have been to go on the offensive against Edwards but all this did was give Edwards the opportunity to bring up Halliburton(which actually was first brought up by moderator Gwen Ifill) and mention a great deal about the record of Halliburton without directly blaming Cheney for the company's offenses. Cheney responded by not at all seemly--and rather, well, bitchy--comments about Edwards' voting record in the Senate, and wasted his own time, looking very much the mean bastard most view him as. And why do Bush and Cheney both hunch like weasels at debates, regardless of whether at a podium or table? They seem to cling to the respective furniture for dear life, but in the case of 2000's Debate 3 and Dubya that would be understandable: one almost gets seasick, looking at that old footage, as the camera pans side to side trying to keep Bush, who bounces repeatedly side to side from one foot to another like a nervous little boy, centered in the shot.

Among Cheney's comments of the night that drew most interest was that he, Dick Cheney, never once alleged there was any connection between Bin Laden and Hussein, a "distortion"(I'd call it, either way, a lie, but I'm much less polite than Edwards) that Edwards rightfully kept hammering upon regardless of how Cheney tried to wave it away. Having to keep addressing it was probably what caused Cheney to try to go in for the kill about 26 minutes in after a fairly courteous opening round. I imagine he was getting irritable, as Bush did, at having to address this at all. But to his credit, the pacemaker helped him avoid too much fidgeting as Bush did(and will again, at the town hall meeting-style debate on Thursday) and raising his voice.

Edwards had a few bad reaction moments. The first shot of him had him flashing a very phony-looking smile at the camera, which came up a few times more, and he should keep that smile a bit more moderate. It has a quality of looking too perfect which makes him seem at the least cutesy and at worst like a slick salesman. But then, we've voted in slick salesmen before, haven't we? Like Cheney himself, who wasn't at all the quiet, nice grandpa he presented himself as against Lieberman in 2000. He had fangs and wasn't at all cautious about bringing them out, nipping at Edwards' throat and ankles at surprise moments. You could see an "all right, motherfucker" reaction on Edwards' face each time.

But overall the impression given is still of an administration that thinks it's done a fine job, doesn't like being questioned, and frankly thinks it's ahead in the election, with nothing to tell us they'll do any better in the future. Now let's see Thursday.

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