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When George meets John

by Del McMullen / September 23, 2004 12:27 AM PDT

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........ the political establishment assumes that John Kerry has
a big advantage in this fall's debates.

I'm not so sure..................

.......... This spring I watched dozens of hours' worth of
old videos of John Kerry and George W. Bush in action. But it
was the hour in which Bush faced Ann Richards that I had to
watch several times. ..........

Richards's main line of attack?in fact, her only one?was that
Bush had done.......... . Each time she tried this, Bush calmly
said, "I think this is a diversion away from talking about the
issues that face Texas".

........ The upcoming debates between Bush and Kerry will in an
odd way be a contest of unbeaten champions.

........ Bush never thought of becoming President until a few
years before he did; Kerry thought of it in prep school.

.........George Bush will try in his every answer to convey
"I am a wartime President, and I am strong." John Kerry will try
to convey "You don't know what you are doing, and you are weak."

But other things are not known: Whether one of the men, under
pressure, will reveal something about his character he did not
intend to reveal. Whether John Kerry will try to challenge Bush
directly on the one issue shown to disconcert him: the contrast
in their war records. And whether there is anything the challenger
can do to offset the incumbent's advantage.

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200407/fallows

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Shoot, thought this might be about the Beatles :-)
by Josh K / September 23, 2004 12:28 AM PDT
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No doubt THAT George and THAT John are having a grand time together.

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Seriously though....
by Josh K / September 23, 2004 1:18 AM PDT
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....Kerry is supposed to be an excellent debater. He has to be careful though to avoid seeming like he's beating up on Bush too badly and/or appearing so superior that he comes off as arrogant, as happened to Gore in their first debate. A lot of people thought Bush "won" just because they felt sorry for him.

The irony here is that Bush's debating skills are so bad that he'll get points just for showing up and getting his own name right. And his people have played up that "low expectations" angle for years. Anything above the level of humiliation will come off as a victory.

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