LULU by John Linton Roberson (c) 2012.
I Didn't Write That!
06 October 2004
  Looky Here Looky Here

Cheney And Edwards, Meeting Before.


Oh, and look, Lynne's there too.

But I guess the Vice President can't be expected to remember everyone he was right next to. He's an
old, unhealthy man.

Although the media seemed quick at first to try to pronounce Cheney authoritative--Chris Matthews being the most embarrassingly wrong one--they must have noticed the polls that showed an overwhelming majority of Americans realized Cheney was trounced. (Memo to Cheney: hunching, sneering and rubbing your hands together constantly like Mr. Burns does not help your image--what happened to the warm, grandfatherly bullshit that worked so well against Lieberman in 2000?)

So now the post-debate spin shows at best a draw (if it's extremely partisan lemming right-wingers talking) or favors Edwards(everyone with any sense). The media, it appears, see the momentum and seem to be developing a spine and letting the momentum have its way, as opposed to covering the Bush administration's ass as it has for so long. Perhaps they're tired of being told what to do and say by the administration and this is the first time Bush & Cheney have been caught out and vulnerable. And more, the media are pointing out Cheney's many lies. It's almost like they've been waiting for this.

William Saletan summed it up well:

Cheney and Edwards apparently went into this debate with different theories of what it was for. When moderator Gwen Ifill asked them to discuss their differences, Cheney said "the most important consideration in picking a vice president" was having "somebody who could take over." Edwards answered the same question by outlining Kerry's platform, virtues, and accomplishments. Cheney seemed to think most viewers were tuning in to judge the vice presidential nominees. Edwards seemed to think they were tuning in to hear about the presidential nominees.
If Cheney guessed right on that question, he probably won. But if he guessed wrong—and I suspect he did—Edwards kicked his expletive. If you watched this debate as an uninformed voter, you heard an avalanche of reasons to vote for Kerry. You heard 23 times that Kerry has a "plan" for some big problem or that Bush doesn't. You heard 10 references to Halliburton, with multiple allegations of bribes, no-bid contracts, and overcharges. You heard 13 associations of Bush with drug or insurance companies. You heard four attacks on him for outsourcing. You heard again and again that he opposed the 9/11 commission and the Department of Homeland Security, that he "diverted" resources from the fight against al-Qaida to the invasion of Iraq, and that while our troops "were on the ground fighting, [the administration] lobbied the Congress to cut their combat pay." You heard that Kerry served in Vietnam and would "double the special forces." You heard that Bush is coddling the Saudis, that Cheney "cut over 80 weapons systems," and that the administration has no air-cargo screening or unified terrorist watch list.
As the debate turned to domestic policy, you heard that we've lost 1.6 million net jobs and 2.7 million net manufacturing jobs under Bush. You heard that he's the first president in 70 years to lose jobs. You heard that 4 million more people live in poverty, and 5 million have lost their health insurance. You heard that the average annual premium has risen by $3,500. You heard that we've gone from a $5 trillion surplus to a $3 trillion debt. You heard that a multimillionaire sitting by his swimming pool pays a lower tax rate than a soldier in Iraq. You heard that Bush has underfunded No Child Left Behind by $27 billion. You heard that Kerry, unlike Bush, would let the government negotiate "to get discounts for seniors" and would let "prescription drugs into this country from Canada." You heard that at home and abroad, Bush offers "four more years of the same."

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