September 30, 2004
This is the first time that I've dozed off during a presidential debate. Perhaps I'm just getting older. Or, more likely, it was just that friggin' boring.
But I saw enough of it to render a few know-it-all-isms.
First, the prez ...
Most everyone knows where President Bush stands on foreign policy, the war on terror and his opponent's habitutal flip-flopping. Bush has so honed his foreign policy campaign message that some of us can probably repeat it from memory. This is good, actually. It sure doesn't make make for a lively debate, but I suspect most people tuned in to see Kerry try to energize his doomed-from-the-start campaign.
Advice for Bush: dispense with those trademark facial tics while Kerry speaks; it looks like you gotta drop a deuce bad.
Next, John Kerry...
Senator Kerry was actually more boring than Bush. Every answer Kerry gave seemed to boil down to a variation of this: "We can do better." What does that mean? How does he quantify "better?" The closest Kerry came to offering specifics was actually a huge blunder: he said he'd use preemptive strikes to defend America but in a way that passes a "global test," or words to that effect. (Translation: he would seek the blessings of the U.N. and French and German leftists before defending America.) If Kerry wants to defeat a wartime president, he has to offer voters something far more substantial than merely attacking Bush's foreign policy record with declarations that he can do better.
Advice for Kerry: learn how to pronounce "United States" and hire an attorney to secure your alimony because the Mrs. is going to dump your ass after you lose next month.
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