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October 01, 2004

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Kerry

Just wonder why you call your stale blog "Dialog International"?

"Pro Kerry" comes to mind.

Kerry

Gee, I seem to have produced the first comment ever in this blog!!

I might be the first visitor, too...

clifford

"But Kleine-Brockhoff also asks the question that many of us have been thinking: Why has Kerry waited so long to show his teeth? Why has he not been on the attack from the beginning?"

I don't think Kerry's success in the debate had much to do with his criticisms. Had he been entirely on the offensive he would have looked too bombastic. Bush would have played the part of the victim, and that is obviously something the Kerry camp didn't want. Instead he allowed Bush to self-destruct, which he did; he ran out of catchphrases quickly and his body language was just awful.

Of course that is the Bush we're used to seeing (see every single press conference he's held since becoming president), it's just very rare that the press picks up on his obvious failings. In 2000 even though Bush looked and sounded like an idiot I had no idea who was going to be proclaimed winner of the debates until the pundits had their say. Thursday night's debate I had that same impression, but now it's easy to see that Kerry performed better than Gore did. Gore was on the defensive in his first debate and had to change his approach in the two subsequent ones; this time Bush was on the defensive (something that hasn't happened before) and, because he looked like a petulant asshole, his supporters don't have the "at least he was likeable" angle. And this is someone who's running as a "war president," whose only advantages in the polls are likeability and The War on Terror. Kerry's in a position to hand his ass to him on the domestic issues.

He may at times appear weak, but Kerry is the ideal candidate for the Dems. Unlike Dean he isn't awkward with the media. His major weakness according to pundits is that he's never projected a strong stance on Iraq, but I think he's done well in deflecting this perception. It's his race to lose, barring another October suprise/rigged election.

-Clifford

clifford

And a word to that helpful contributor "Kerry"... in a few months this will be widely regarded as the best blog on the internet! At least, among bilingual English/German speakers ;)

-Clifford

clifford

And a word to that helpful contributor "Kerry"... in a few months this will be widely regarded as the best blog on the internet! At least, among bilingual English/German speakers ;)

-Clifford

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