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Friday, October 08, 2004

From the Washington Post:
Mr. President, countries are leaving the coalition, not joining. Eight countries have left it.
If Missouri, just given the number of people from Missouri who are in the military over there today, were a country, it would be the third largest country in the coalition, behind Great Britain and the United States.
That's not a grand coalition.
Ninety percent of the casualties are American. Ninety percent of the costs are coming out of your pockets.
I could do a better job. My plan does a better job. And that's why I'll be a better commander in chief.

Kerry smells something fishy as jerky, tooth-grinding Bush again fails the Vision Thing test.

Photos: Reuters

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Vice President Cheney--Now, in my capacity as vice president, I am the president of Senate, the presiding officer. I'm up in the Senate most Tuesdays when they're in session.
The first time I ever met you was when you walked on the stage tonight.

Transcript-Commission on Presidential Debates

Though this elderly cardiac patient spoke with a command absent from last week's hunched and forlorn President, one thing is very clear, the Vice President's 30 year record of alleged public service hasn't endeared his "quick-tempered" persona to vast chunks of the federal bureaucracy.
The unloved Cheney, yet without recourse to stockades or the hangman, doesn't even have to speak before the policy dimes start dropping from the usual suspects (the CIA) and, even, unlikely suspects (Paul Bremmer).
Earlier this week a time-filling Republican cable gasbag in search of some unknown rhetorical pinnacle cast the Vice President as Hamilton Burger in a fantasy that starred John Edwards as Perry Mason.
But, as last night's debate progressed and Cheney's jabs were rebuffed by a folksy Edwards, I began to see the Perryesque nuances.
Remember how in some episodes, Perry would create a circumstance wherein even the dour and bumbling Burger could be brought to the point of a smile?
Last evening Perry Edwards, the Knight in Shining Niceness, graciously managed to shame Vice Dragon Hamilton Cheney out of his smear and slime cave into warming familial light.
And, as our Dragon warmed, the reflected light illuminated a possibly unifyingly skilled diplomat and very Vice Presidential John Edwards.

February 1, 2001 Video Frame: C-SPAN

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

"Mr. Vice President, I don't think the country can take four more years of this type of experience...a consistent pattern over time of always being on the wrong side of the fence."
--The Washington Post

Modified Image: Reuters

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