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Friday, October 15, 2004

Final wrap on the debates

It may be recalled that I felt that W had at least not lost the first debate (the one most people agree he blew) because he'd won the substance while Kerry won on technical grounds.

Whilst commuting to work yesterday I was listening to Bill Bennett's Morning In America program on The Patriot. A telephone caller made an observation that I can't help but agree with. And it is this;
On Wednesday, President Bush won all three debates.
W has enjoyed an advantage in these debates in that he is already quite familiar to the American people. This, while Kerry had the obligation to identify himself to them, showing that he could be "presidential", that he could appear to be a "likeable man" all while he demonstrates that his ideas stack up as a credible alternative to the incumbents' policies.
W took advantage of these three opportunities by displaying dimension of character. In that first debate, as Hugh Hewitt points out, W couldn't have "lost" because it produced the "Global Test" challenge that is proving to be such a crucial blow to Kerry.

Hugh Hewitt points out;
Over at The Corner, Tim Graham suggests I am in the "Bush always wins" camp. To those who think Bush lost round one, a question: "Why are we still talking about the 'global test? Because it was a huge, breakthrough moment for Kerry?"
If a bullet wound takes two weeks to kill you, it still killed you right? I rest my case

A loser would not be capable to delivering such a blow. Kerry is still bleeding from that one.
In the second debate it was noted that W was "more animated and energized". He connected and engaged better.
All the while, W takes in on the chin that he's not a "great debater", that his language skills are not as polished as Kerry's are.
But by this third debate, it was demonstrated that W stands for Won. He did this by taking full advantage of the three occasions, putting forth elements of his personality along with his arguments for his presidency. By the third debate he admits near the end that his First Lady, Laura Bush speaks English better than he does. That admission took a lot of the bruise out of his deficiency whilst endearing him to the electorate for his attachment to this popular American woman. In that same segment he pointed out that he listens to Laura when she tells him to stop scowling and to stand up straight. In one or two little vignettes he's discounted for us the nagging little technical problems he's suffered in the debates while reinforcing his wholeness of character through his bond with the person we might call his "better half". It think it worked.

That roundness of character is starkly contrasted with Kerry's deficit. For Kerry had to admit that he had "married up" when he married Teresa. Kerry sank to new depths by dragging Vice President Cheney's daughter and her personal lifestyle into the debate for cheap political gain. "He is not a good man," was the response from Mary Cheney's mother, Lynn afterwards. Mary Cheney's choice to remain out of the limelight of the campaign should be respected.

By Wednesday's debate, W won all three debates. We choose a leader based upon his abilities, his policies and his character. While Kerry showed that he's a polished debater, he also displayed himself to the the Neville Chamberlain of the 21st Century as well as being a political opportunist and a man of base character.

The Bush Doctrine is the policy that will keep America safer. It's a doctrine that stays on the offensive against international terrorism whilst promoting freedom and liberty throughout the world.


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