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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Slam Dunk

If it weren't for the horrible pro-Israel stuff that Edwards said, without even a hint of suggesting that the Palestinians have suffered or have rights, I'd say he was the 100% winner. I've always thought Dick Cheney was scary, but I was guessing that he might make some effort to be less scary for this debate. WRONG. He's a nasty, bitter, very scary old man, and that's exactly how he came across.

Edwards seemed to successfully defend all of the charges Cheney made against him and Kerry (although unfortunately not most of the charges I make against them). He did a better job of selling Kerry than Kerry does.

I'm guessing that there are a lot of people wondering why Kerry is on top of the ticket instead of Edwards; I think Edwards-Kerry would have a 10-15% lead in the polls right now.

These are just my immediate reactions after watching the debate; I may flip-flop on them after reading the transcript and other comments. But Edwards is smart, optimistic, and pleasant; Cheney is scary, scary, scary. Slam dunk.