Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Veep: Kicking and Screaming

Kerry is big on the DHS, now? That's new, isn't it? Wasn't he previously condemning it as part of the overall scary scary Patriot Act hype? It's also a bit ripe for Edwards to claim that America has to be dragged "kicking and screaming" to do the right thing. I'm not sure I heard that right. As to your question, Senator? All of them, if need be. Cheney is doing magnificently refuting the HALLIBURTON!!! talking points. Common sense does wonders on that kind of fever-swamp ranting. Ooooh. Israel. What can Edwards say here? He's starting off not too badly, claiming he supports the Israeli right to, y'know, exist. The personal anecdote actually does justify what I'd otherwise assume to be faux-outrage at Palestinian terrorism. This is smart - they're now running to the right of B/C on Iranian and Saudi support of terror. Ouch. Cheney: "I am the presiding officer of the Senate. I'm there most Tuesdays, when they're in session. The first time I've ever met you is when you walked on the stage tonight." Edwards' response is to dredge up what Cheney voted on in the House. Between 1981 and 1989. Not a good way to distract the voters from one's own lack of a record, let alone an impressive one. Yes, Cheney voted some strange ways on domestic pork and do-nothing legislation, but I'm sure he had good reasons - and he's also been a member of several cabinets besides. Edwards, on the other hand, hasn't even shown up in the Senate enough to have much of a record either way.

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