Friday, October 01, 2004

Whose the Master Debater?

I am sure that every political blog posted today will have something about the debate. What can you really say except George Bush showed the world how really ill-informed that he is, and John Kerry showed the world how much more presidential he is than the actual president. Period!

Now the spin begins. The Bush supporters who are not completely drugged with their own self delusions are having a gut check moment. However, Karl Rove I'm sure hasn't worked up one bead of sweat. The RNC machine is highly effective and efficient, and I'm sure they already had a plan for this outcome. Don't ever "misunderestimate" the political Darth Vader and the Dark Side of the Force.

Anyway, that debate hopefully helped Kerry, but his supporters CANNOT rest one minute for the next 5 weeks. He is still the underdog. Bush still has a very large advantage in almost every area - the polls, monetary resources, organization, the power of incumbency, access to the free media, and his willingness to stoop to almost any depth of meanness and character assassignation. Kerry may be smarter, wittier, more presidential, and may have most of the world's public opinion on his side, but the world doesn't match up well against Karl Rove and the RNC.

Anyway, just for fun I am posting viewer's comments from the Toronto Star. The General of course would call them traitorous Frenchmen, and Bush has done a good job alienating Canada, along with the rest of the world. However, it can be argued that Canadians would be more objective about the debate than Americans at this point. I am not in any way suggesting that what is shown below is a representative sample of anything. As I said, it is just a little bit of fun.

Voices: Presidential debate winner

We asked you to pick the winner in the debate between U.S. President George W. Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry. Here's what you had to say.

Kerry won by a landslide. Bush was unbelievably poor. Most of the time I couldn’t understand what he was trying to say, whereas Kerry was quite articulate. I truly feel for the American people if (Bush) is re-elected.
Brian Strachan, Bracebridge, Oct. 1

The debate showed the American people that Kerry is a more confident leader then Bush, who was lost for words and flustered. The clear choice should be Kerry for President.
Don Lawton, Mississauga, Oct. 1

I think that John Kerry won definitively. He presented an effective and honest strategy on dealing with the Iraqi war, and also the war on terrorism.
Fiona Williams, Grand Rapids, Oct. 1

I think there is no doubt about it. John Kerry won that debate hands down. Everything he did, from the points he made to the way he carried himself, outperformed Bush. I only hope that the American people see that and forget about the spin that Bush's people will put on it.
Andrew Rapsey, London, Oct. 1

John Kerry was the clear winner.....
Mark Savage, St. Catharines, Oct. 1

If it isn't clear to anyone that Senator Kerry was the winner he can join President Bush in returning to night school to brush up on his grammar. The president proved again that he is illiterate and came across as a frightened child when cornered by Kerry with legitimate statements regarding his decisions.
Caroll Thachuk, Windsor, Oct. 1

I can't imagine anyone thinking that George Bush won the debate.
Connie Cummins, Pickering, Oct. 1

In my opinion Kerry is a winner. I am going to support him now.
Lakhbir Dhillon, Orlando, Florida, Oct. 1

Senator Kerry has totally impressed me. He seemed "in control" of the debate and yet never stooped to degradation or character attacks. As for President Bush, he sounded like a broken record. Comments such as "wavering" and "convictions blowing in the wind" are getting a little old.... "Hey, G. dubya... wake up!"
Patrick Maloney, Stirling, Oct. 1

And on, and on, et cetera, et cetera.....