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October 14, 2004

My Take On The Debate « Politics As Usual »

I wish I could say something useful, but I only saw the last five minutes.

So, my take? Kerry can't tell a self-deprecating joke to save his life.

Should we elect a President on the basis of his ability to tell a joke? No. But there are a host of other reasons to elect George W. Bush, and to not elect John F. Kerry, but I'm not going to go into that now.

Oh, and when John F. Kerry says, "God Bless America," he sounds like he doesn't believe it. The way he delivers the line, I can just about hear his internal thought process saying, "Okay, now toss off some pseudo-religious crap for the yokels in flyover country." That's probably unfair, but that's how he comes across to me.

Yeah, I noticed these two things, as well:

Twice in his closing statement, Kerry pronounces "idea" with an "er" at the end. Where the hell did that come from? He has never talked Massachusetts before, that I've noticed.

In his closing statement, Bush says, "I'm asking for your vote." Very important. That is the O'Neill rule. Remember when Tip would talk about that? After an early election, which he lost, O'Neill met an old teacher of his on the street. They lamented the loss, and then Tip said, "Well, at least you voted for me." And the teacher said, "I didn't, Tom." He said, "Why?" She answered, "Because you never asked me." So O'Neill formed this rule: Always ask 'em for your vote.

I didn't like the "idear" much, and I did like that President Bush asked for our vote. Good move.

Posted by Nathan at 08:19 AM | Comments (1)

Nathan, I liked that Bush stuck that in his closing, as well.

Tip O'Neill? You're making me leg-warmers and Izods now.....

Posted by: Rae at October 14, 2004 09:52 AM
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