bushie, frenchie and john

Wednesday night’s debate-watching event, I believe, went well. I just scanned a few local websites and no one is making fun of me, which is a good sign. There wasn’t even mention of the suspicious bulge that appeared when I stood up to address the group… If you want to see photos, you should probably check out Cory’s site. The MM.com camera was with Linette most of the evening and, unfortunately, she chose to document the slow disintegration of a rack of ribs, rather than the event itself. (There are a few photos below, however.) As for the event, I’d say that about 40 people turned out for it. Not too bad for 36 hours notice.

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I don’t think she probably wants me to post this, but, at one point during the evening, Linette asked me if I thought we could reserve the room every week for America’s Next Top Model.

As the debate’s already two days old, I won’t bore you with too much detail. Clearly, Kerry emerged from this final meeting with the momentum. Bush didn’t crash and burn though. He didn’t go comatose like in the first match-up, and he didn’t put on the Furious George act like he did in the second. It was his best performance, but, sadly, that still wasn’t good enough. He lost decisively.

If Karl Rove has a trick to play, he’s going to have to do it in the next two weeks. The amount of work the Republicans are doing in Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere to suppress the Democratic vote just isn’t going to be enough at the rate people are jumping the Bush ship. It seems that every day another state that had been fairly solid for Bush is leaning toward Kerry. The administration needs something big. They need something more than just having those 62 Sinclair Broadcasting-owned television stations playing anti-Kerry propaganda. They need a video of Kerry either 1) having sex with his daughters, 2) performing an abortion and/or eating a fetus, or 3) entering into a gay marriage with a member of the Viet Cong. I don’t even know that announcing the capture of bin Laden would do it at this point. It has to be something big, and it has to hurt Kerry more than it helps Bush. People, it seems, are just coming to the realization that Bush isn’t leading us in the right direction. It’s that simple… So, you have to wonder, if it doesn’t look as though it’s going to be close enough to steal the election, how far will they go to destroy their opponent?

OK, here are a few brief notes concerning the debate:

– Kerry demonstrated a grasp of the issues and, comparatively speaking, a command of the English language… Did I just dream it, or at some point during the debate, did Bush say that, unlike him, his wife “knows how to convey her thoughts in our language?”

– I wonder if there was anyone watching the debate that believed Bush when he said he wouldn’t have a “litmus test” for potential Supreme Court justices. It’s a bald-faced lie and he says it with a wink and a nod, knowing that everyone in the anti-choice community knows it. The phrases “no litmus test” and “culture of life” cannot exist together in the same sentence. If you’re a woman in this country who believes that Bush wouldn’t, if he had the power, roll back Roe v. Wade, you’re in-fucking-sane.

– I’m a bit embarrassed by how much I enjoyed seeing Bush shoot himself in the foot when he said, “The borders in Texas are much safer now than when I was Governor.”

– It wasn’t any surprise to hear Bush call Kerry a “Massachusetts liberal,” and then even go so far as to say that he’s more liberal than Ted Kennedy. Kerry did an admirable job, however, with his rebuttal, saying that he’s shown how he will pay for every initiative he’s proposed, something the President has failed to do for the agenda he laid out at the RNC.

– Kerry made me a bit uneasy when he pointed out the fact that Cheney had a gay daughter. I think it was too obviously done for the benefit of the bigots in the audience who would be horrified to learn that the VP had, horror of horrors, raised a ‘homosexual’ under his roof.

– I liked when Kerry said that both he and Bush “married up.” In Kerry’s case, it’s clear what he meant, as his wife is worth hundreds of millions. As I don’t believe that was the case with Laura Bush, it would seem that Kerry was implying Laura was just a better person than George… Bush smiled for a moment, until it sunk in.

– I couldn’t believe that neither the environment nor alternative energy were discussed at all in this debate, which was supposed to be about domestic issues.

– I’d never heard Bush mention “armies of compassion” before. If there isn’t an Orwell Award, there should be, and that should win some kind of prize.

– Kerry’s “Tony Soprano” line went over well, as did his mention of the conversation he had with his mother on her deathbed, when she stressed he needed to bring “integrity” to the office of president.

– My friend Steve, who happens to be unemployed at the moment, had the best analysis of the jobs issue on his site. Instead of stealing it and reprinting it, however, I’ll make you follow this link.

– It didn’t occur to me until I got home Wednesday night that some in the MM.com audience might thing it very fitting that all of us liberals were meeting in a place called Frenchie’s.

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11 Comments

  1. dorothy
    Posted October 16, 2004 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    looked like a great party. makes me want to move to ypsi. we live in a tiny little college town just north of pittsburgh where the republicans outnumber us 10 to 1. they resort to dirty tricks like stealing and burning kerry signs. it’s typical of the republican mentality—if you don’t agree with me, i’ll supress you. apparently they don’t believe in free speech or basic freedoms for that matter

  2. mark
    Posted October 16, 2004 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    Dorothy, last night our Kerry/Edwards sign was torn down. It was the fifth time. And that’s in a neighborhood that’s overwhelmingly Democratic. So, it can happen anywhere, regardless of the ratio of Dems to Repubs. It’s unfortunate that some folks, probably a small percentage of Republicans, don’t believe there’s a place for Freedom of Speech, or, for that matter, property rights… The truth is, it’s an act of desperation and it should be seen as such.

  3. Doug Skinner
    Posted October 16, 2004 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    A friend of mine just had an encounter with a camera store clerk, who held her credit card while he told her she should vote for Bush, because Kerry would be too weak to use atomic weapons on Arabs. I’m glad there’s less apathy about this election, but it’s nasty out there.
    By the way, why don’t more people point out that Bush was a flip-flopper for changing from a cokehead drunk to a puritanical Christian?

  4. mark
    Posted October 16, 2004 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Doug, that’s brilliant! I love it. Someone should make a TV ad…. Does anyone in the audience have the skills necessary to do such a thing? It wouldn’t have to be long at all. A shot of Bush calling Kerry a, “flip flopper,” and than a voice-over saying, “But Mr. Bush, aren’t you yourself a flip-flopper?….”

    I have to run. No time to finish. Sorry…. If anyone’s interested in pursuing this, let me know. I can hunt for images and write the script. And I know a guy in Portland with a sound studio and access to voice actors.

    -Mark

  5. mark
    Posted October 16, 2004 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Speaking of really effective videos, if you get a chance you should check out this updated take on School House Rock.

    http://www.piratesandemperors.com/

    And thank you, Colin for the link.

  6. Posted October 16, 2004 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    That school house rock send up is great.

    I liked that Kerry brought up Mary Cheney. At first I felt that might have been out of line, but after a while I realized that she is a public figure and has made herself one by working for the Bush/Cheney re-election campaign in the fashion that she has.
    It’s not like he said anything offensive, infact if I was the Cheney’s I would be happy that Kerry/Edwards have been nothing but nice when discussing her in relation to gay-rights issues.
    I mean, it’s not like Kerry brought up John McCain’s non-existent black love child! That would have been harsh!

    The above link has become my best friend.

  7. dorothy
    Posted October 17, 2004 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    the republicans made homosexuality a campaign issue and now they’re whining because it came back to bite them on the ass.

  8. mark
    Posted October 17, 2004 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    It makes me sad that a link is your best friend, Brian.

    As for McCain, he’s done. He’s an ass. I really liked the guy and respected him, but he’s sold his soul to the devil in return for a shot at being president in ’08. (Doesn

  9. Posted October 17, 2004 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    That link is my best friend because living on the EMU campus is a very lonely place.

    Mark, I also feel the same way you do about McCain. While I can’t deny that he’s a great American, he’s also an ass. He had a chance to call Bush out, he didn’t take it.

    Check out my new best friend. Make your own Bush!

  10. mark
    Posted October 17, 2004 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    You change best friends like a fourteen year old girl, Brian.

  11. Brian
    Posted October 17, 2004 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Ehh…I got nothing better to do.

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