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Wednesday, October 06, 2004
Dynamic Debate Duo

Bush/Cheney Campaign Strategy
Tuesday night, the citizens of the United States had the opportunity to see their Vice Presidential candidates debate in a casual setting.  It was a penultimate example of reality television.

It was a voyeuristic parody of PBS debate moderator, Gwen Ifill, having a dinner party from hell.  It seemed to me that she simply invited the wrong people to sit around the dinner table and have a conversation about any topic.  Poor Gwen.  It was like watching talk show host Oprah Winfrey interview motivational speaker Tony Robbins and Smeagol (Gollum) from the Lord of the Rings movie.  John Edwards was trying his hardest to instruct Dick Cheney how to make a positive change in his life; if not for himself, for the good of the country.

At the same time via the wonders of split-screen television, Dick Cheney was clearly troubled.  Recently permitted to venture out from his habitation in the infamous secure and undisclosed location for the re-election campaign season, I believe Cheney was uncomfortable with Gwen Ifill's staged lifestyle intervention with John Edwards.  Practically glowing with his concrete bunker pallor, Cheney simply slumped over the dinner table and constantly rubbed his hands together.  Watching Dick Cheney while Edwards spoke, I was on the edge of my seat in expectation that the television camera might catch him muttering, "Precious ... my precious ... it's mine."

Sadly, unlike reality television, I wasn't granted my voyeuristic fantasy of a spontaneous moment in reality.  As near as I can tell from reading the post-VP Smack Down accounts from both camps of punditry, one thing becomes clear -- reality and truth have no place settings at the dinner table of campaign politics or debates.

These important debates do offer one thing.  Since truth, in many cases, is absent from the debates, you can get a feel for a candidate's character and style, however.  You can also imagine how each political party's team would react during a real world crisis.  Imagine.  Terrorists are running rampant in Gotham.  The call goes out.  Which Dynamic Duo do you want to show up to save the day for truth, justice and the American way?

So what are the candidates' character and style?  John Kerry is experienced and seems to think about everything that comes out of his mouth.  Edwards is less experienced, but would be a loyal and dutiful sidekick.  Dick Cheney is experienced, sober and serious.  George Bush is clearly the less experienced and nervously passionate one.  He is obviously Cheney's Boy Wonder.  These presidential debates highlight a nagging problem that has haunted the George Bush administration and the GOP since 2000.  Who is really in charge?

The Bush Cheney 2004 campaign has made a terrible mistake.  They have hitched their candidates' wagon with the theme of the importance of choosing a president that can best protect us all from growing security threats that face the nation.  They think they'll win the election if they stay 'on message' and 'stay the course'.  Isn't it the definition of insanity to keep doing the same thing and expect a different outcome?  Iraq isn't an asset.  It's a cartoon anvil screaming down through the sky. 

I don't know about you, but if the need arises and the call goes out, I don't want the Boy Wonder showing up.  I want the real Batman to be in charge.  Come November, Cheney can retire and return to his bat cave.  Perhaps Halliburton will buy him a tanning bed.

[Headphones] :: Bush and Brando debate - JfZ

Posted at 06:47 am by John Furie Zacharias

Mark Adams
October 7, 2004   12:25 PM PDT
Nicely done . .
October 8, 2004   01:47 AM PDT
The Illuminati is in charge, John. Nice review.

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