Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Obligatory Veep Debate Post

I watched the whole thing (transcript).

The one thing that stood out for me is Sen. Edwards command of foreign policy. Excellent understanding of what is happening overseas, and not just in Iraq. He needed to do well there, to show the American people he isn't just some hick from North Carolina.

Cheney did well also. He stuck on message, sometimes repeating himself (and don't think Edwards didn't so the same). Cheney's most awkward moment was when he had to address the Haliburton question, and all he could come up with was a website. Funny, that when you go to the website he mentioned,, it forwards to He probably meant, which still isn't all that flattering to this administration.

Flubs: There were a few, the most powerful at the moment was when Cheney chastised Edwards for his attendance in the Senate, finishing with "The first time I ever met you was when you walked on the stage tonight." That was Cheney's most powerful moment for me, and it turned out to be untrue. The Right will be hard pressed to spin this one, but they'll find a way

Edwards had his own gaff, and repeated it. On a question where the candidates were directed to answer WITHOUT using their running mates name, Cheney had a brilliant response, one of his finest moments in the debate for him. Edwards did fine, but twice mentioned Kerry's name, and like a giggly frat boy, stated both times "I'm sorry, I broke the rules". I suspect the mea culpa will appear in a GOP campaign commercial coming to your TV sets soon!

I actually learned more from this debate, then from the one last Thursday. It seemed both candidates had more meat and substance. This was a GREAT transitional moment leading to Friday Night. I look forward to it!


UPDATE:Sometimes we overlook the good deeds, the simple things that show our human nature. The gaff Vice President Cheney made, regarding the website, could have been a coup for George Soros. I can only imagine what would have happened had the situation been reversed. I can only speculate, but the tactics of the Right makes me think they would have jumped all over that situation, and totally re-worked the website to beome another hate filled Kerrybashing screed. Not Soros. Here is what he posted on his sidebar, at, which is where is forwarding: Correction
We do not own the domain name and are not responsible for it redirecting to We are as surprised as anyone by this turn of events. We believe that Vice President Cheney intended to direct viewers to
I have new found respect for the responsible and professional move Mr. Soros made in regards to a situation he could have very easily taken advantage of. He didn't and for that, I thank him!

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