Jay Nordlinger's Take on the Debate
from National Review Online wrote a wonderful piece full of examples emphasizing Bush's utter failure to capitalize on the debate. There's lots of juicy details here, and it is truly shameful that we have a president who is such an ignoramus. While I'm not fond of either
candidate, Nordlinger truly loves Bush, and so I applaud his honesty and courage to call Bush's performance a dismal failure. So many on the right (especially Sean Hannity, Karen Hughes and Rush Limbaugh) are trying to spin this debate any way they can to make Bush come out on top. Nordlinger puts them to shame - as my mother used to tell me, tell the truth and shame the devil. If Kerry gets elected President in November, I will laugh for hours. Bush could have ended him last night, if he had had the intelligence, the knowledge or the ability to form a complete thought (let alone a complete sentence). Here's a great little soundbyte from the article:
I thought Kerry did very, very well; and I thought Bush did poorly — much worse than he is capable of doing. Listen: If I were just a normal guy — not Joe Political Junkie — I would vote for Kerry. On the basis of that debate, I would. If I were just a normal, fairly conservative, war-supporting guy: I would vote for Kerry. On the basis of that debate.
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And I promise you that no one wants this president reelected more than I. I think that he may want it less.
Let me phrase one more time what I wish to say: If I didn't know anything — were a political naïf, being introduced to the two candidates for the first time — I would vote for Kerry. Based on that infernal debate.
Bush was weary — harmfully weary, I think. He let a million opportunities go by. You can't exploit them all, no. We all kick ourselves, after some public performance. But Kerry, it seemed to me, let not one opportunity go by. And he perceived some that I hadn't caught.
Yeah, he screwed up a couple of times: got the "break it, buy it" line wrong; said "Treblinka" instead of "Lubyanka." But that was small beer.