The faces of leadership

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Check out this wonderful analysis of our little debate last night. Sample:

This was supposed to be the debate that played to the strengths of Bush and his administration. Foreign policy in general and the protection of the United States from terrorism in particular, according to all the polls and every talking head within earshot, are the areas where George supposedly commands the high ground. That illusion came crashing down on the stage in Coral Gables.

How else can one describe the demeanor and behavior of Bush, as seen by 40,000,000 television viewers and heard by millions more radio listeners? Shrill. Defensive. Muddled. Angry, very angry. Repetitive. Uninformed. Outmatched. Unprepared. Hesitant. Twenty four minutes into the debate, Bush lost his temper, and spent the remaining hour and six minutes looking for all the world as though he were sucking on a particularly bitter lemon…..

No amount of spin will be able to undo the reality of what took place in Florida on Thursday night. What happened on that stage was an absolute, immutable truth. Bush looked bad. Worse, he looked uninformed, overmatched and angry. Worst of all, he’s going to have to go through it two more times.

I have no iullusions. Karen and Karl are working right now to prep bush for the next debate. They’ll work (again) on that agonizing smirk and tortured chimp grimaces. They’ll have him armed with barbs and zingers. Luckily, Kerry knows they’re prepping bush and he’ll be prepared. He has one vast advantage, and it’s called intelligence. And needless to say, shrub is painfully vulnerable on domestic issues; he can’t try to blame it all on 911 as he does (or tries to do) whenever we talk about Iraq.

The Discussion: 4 Comments


Great work! On a personal note: I will soon take care of the matters in your latest e-mail. At this moment, though, I am on a tight deadline.

Keep up the good fight, my friend.


October 2, 2004 @ 12:04 am | Comment

If you haven’t watched the Faces of Frustration video yet, please do. It’s hilarious.

October 2, 2004 @ 1:27 am | Comment

George looks a little constipated, he’s not a bad leader, he just needs more fibre in his diet

October 3, 2004 @ 1:05 am | Comment

He’s constipated and he’s a bad leader. One doesn’t preclude the other.

October 3, 2004 @ 9:56 am | Comment

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