Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator (ludickid) wrote,
Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator

Debate and de switch

Last night will be spun as a draw, I think. Of course, Edwards had to have won it on points, simply because he wasn't constantly lying; additionally, he managed to throw a few of Cheney's most powerful attacks back at him (Cheney's comment about his voting record looked like it might be a real knockout blow, but Edwards turned it around nicely by illuminating Cheney's own dismally reactionary record, and he managed a similarly face-saving turnaround on the flip-flop issue). Perhaps most importantly given that no one watches the VP debates, there was no defining moment, no obvious misstep or easily-decontextualized statement that the right will be able to throw around as a smoking gun in order to seize the post-debate spin.

On the other hand, Edwards wasn't on the attack very often, he let Cheney define the terms of argument once too often, and he seemed a bit stiff and devoted to his script; Cheney, on the other hand, took advantage of deflated expectations by coming across as a grumpy, impatient, scornful old prick rather than the outright plutocratic monster he normally is. He also didn't say anything flagrantly scandalous or come across as utterly unreasonably (except for maybe when he didn't feel it necessary to respond to some of Edwards' arguments, which the lapdogs of the right will no doubt interpret as strength and confidence).

So, a draw at best, a draw at worst. The first Kerry/Bush debate sent a shitload of momentum the Democrat's way, and at the very least this won't hurt. There's two more presidential debates, and it's too much to hope for a repeat of last Thursday's drubbing, but I'm pulling for Rove's hit squad putting the twitchy, ex-cokehead president into such a frenzy of overpreparation that he still looks like a freak. We'll see.
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