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Oct 14, 04 11:52 AM

Folksy Japes.


Kerry by a hair.

W is a formidable opponent, considering how quickly he got his shit together, dropping the hunching and grimacing of his Nixonian performance in the first debate.

The most remarkable thing to me was the last question, the softball about what they've learned from the strong women in their life. I hated that the question played so perfectly into Bush's folksy shtick, and of course he knocked it out of the park with a joke about how his wife told him not to hunch and grimace. Even Kerry laughed.

Then Kerry said: "I think we've all traded up with our women." Beat. "Especially me." And the whole house laughed at the joke about his zillionaire spouse. Except Bush, who grimaced. Apparently it doesn't please him that someone else could pop off a down to earth quip.

Posted by Mike at October 14, 2004 11:52 AM

i noticed bush was grinding his jaw in order to stop himself from making those monkeyfaces--no disrespect to monkees.

but here is part of the transcript that i just don't get. bush actually said,
"It‘s your money. The way my opponent talks, he said, “We‘re going to spend the government‘s money.” No, we‘re spending your money. And when you have more money in your pocket, you‘re able to better afford things you want. "

Well, if your spending my money how can I afford anything?

I really don't know how to take that statement.

The fact that Bush completely evaded the outsourcing issue did not surprise me. The fact that Kerry pointed out that he evaded the issue was wonderful.

Lick Bush!

Posted by: marie at October 14, 2004 1:45 PM

Bush was simply saying that the "government's money" that Kerry refered to is in fact your money and that Kerry cant possibly fund the grandiose 'plans' he prematurely touts with out significantly raising taxes, for everyone. Dont get me wrong, if Kerry could do all the great things his 'plan' has in store, he would be the man to go with, but frankly I feel he is blowing mucho smoke up our asses. I mean seriously, if it was that simple to solve all our problems, dont you think it would have been done by now?

Posted by: giuseppe at October 14, 2004 2:57 PM

...I really like that photo.

Posted by: Karen at October 14, 2004 3:04 PM

giuseppe, i think you are correct only let me adduct that there may have been a good percent of freudian slippage in his comment--which the Bushmeister is pretty good at. perhaps?

Posted by: marie at October 14, 2004 4:39 PM

Are you serious? Kerry couldn't say anything nice about his he had to quickly change the subject to his Mom. Therezzzzza didn't look to happy. Although she hasn't ever really looked too happy ever. Talk about grimacing and hunched over.

Posted by: Tony at October 14, 2004 6:03 PM

Between the question about the "strong women" (condescending much?) and the invocation (again) of Cheney's gay daughter, I can't get over how heterocentric, masculinity-framed this whole election campaign is--on both sides: while Bush for whatever reason gets to set the tone for the rhetoric by calling Kerry's manhood into question, Kerry plays right into it by defending himself instead of changing the terms of engagement. Plus the media, media, media... It kind of makes me want to wretch.

But yeah, lick Bush. (Eeeww, that would REALLY make me want to wretch.)

Posted by: polyglot conspiracy at October 14, 2004 8:16 PM

sure i feel things might change with a new man or woman in office, but i will not waste my time worrying about it. we all know that there is alot more to the government than the prez. heck what we need is someone who is NOT a a live long government employee, to do what we all know needs to be done, an not cow tow to party lines.. heck that is the reason ventura got elected. or better yet, a genius business man would be great, imagine what that could do for everyon

Posted by: lance at October 14, 2004 11:17 PM

from now on my new term will be

shirley you jape, of course only toward people named shirley.

i can't wait to use it.

thanks for the werd.

Posted by: aimee mann rocks at October 15, 2004 8:41 AM