The bull sure does fly during the debates.
I wish I could make sense of all of this debate bull and the bull-spin after the debates. Now, I can’t say I watch these things to determine who I am going to vote for next month because I have already voted … by absentee ballot. I watched three debates this week and thought I would just share some memorable moments from each one.
The first debate I watched was the debate of candidates for Vice President. The memorable line in the debate for me was Mr. Cheney’s comment about not meeting Sen. Edwards before Tuesday night. Now everyone is spinning this in the direction of Mr. Cheney has a short memory of the times he shared the stage with Sen. Edwards. The most reported time seem to be the Presidential prayer breakfast when they sat next to each other. The swearing in of newly elected Sen. Elizabeth Dole in 2001, when Edwards escorted her along with the former Vice President Bob Dole was another time that got plenty of coverage. Actually I think it was a coy move on behalf of the VP without having the savvy to mention it. I believe Cheney said what he did was to say in essence, “I may have met you before Senator, but you don’t impress me enough to remember you or our meetings.” Of course the other savvy could have come from Sen. Edwards in not pointing out the VP’s short term memory loss and allow a willing press corps (salivating for the chance to find mistakes in these debates) to do the exposing.
Debate #2 for the presidential candidates took place in Missouri at Washington University, located in St. Louis. Presidential candidate fubars (fouled up beyond all recognition) were on the rise on Friday. The best chuckle for me was the fact that Sen. Kerry said the only ones present that would be effected by increasing taxes on those making $200,000 a year or more would be “the President , myself and you Charlie” (Gibson, the moderator).
A couple of embarrassing, out-of-touch lines came when the President mentioned a lady who was now on the senior Medicare prescription plan and had her prescription that cost $10 without the plan now cost only $1.15. My son, who was watching the debate commented: “A $10 prescription? What was it, aspirin?” He knows the price of things better than the President of the United States. Lesson learned; don’t ask a Bush to be your partner on The Price is Right team week.
Another out-of-touch line came when Sen. Kerry mentioned $84 income Bush received from a tree growing company (no pun intended, tree/bush) that the President is part owner as a small businessman. In response, Bush gave his silly cocked head, “what are you talking about look.” Thanks to a fubar by the VP earlier in the week, your humble columnist checked www.fastcheck.org
. Sure enough, in 2001 Mr. Bush reported $84 of income from Lone Star Trust, a company that for one thing owns farms for growing trees. Who says he isn’t an environmental president? Actually they probably use the trees for making baseball bats for the Rangers.
The best question of the night was when one lady asked the President something to the effect of “with all the thousands of decisions you have made, name 3 that were wrong.” Actually, I think she was being respectful and wanted to say, Mr. President, will you admit that you have made a mistake about anything over the last 4 years?” The answer was he thought he had made mistakes on appointments but he wouldn’t say who. Gag me; forget appointments. Does he really think he has been perfect on policy issues?
Plenty more from Friday but I leave that for the water cooler at your office tomorrow.
The third debate was this morning on "Meet the Depressed with Tim Russert." Now even though that is not the real name of the show, Senate candidate Peter Coors (R) from Colorado has to feel a little depressed after his showing. Russert was not throwing softballs this morning and Coors caught the screwiest of the screw balls. Russert asked Coors about his company’s support for the gay and lesbian community through sponsorship of, among other things, a party/convention in Toronto this month. Russert mentioned the whips and leather ball that was being part of the gathering along with the complimentary Coors Light and then said Mr. Coors, with your support of gay and lesbian events like this why don’t you support same sex couples adopting children? Coors stumbled through a father and a mother in the home example ignoring that his company has been upfront in supporting many causes connected with the gay and lesbian community, including domestic partners eligible for company benefits. I have to admit, I almost like watching Russert as much as I do Chris Matthews on Hardball. What might even be funnier is to see the church parking lots in Colorado filled with cars with Coors stickers on them. That should be an oxymoron.
Well, bull fighters, I could have mentioned the president’s ongoing use of first names in referring to foreign leaders, but I think I covered that adequately last week. I could have said something about Coors’ challenger, Attorney General Salazar taking the conservative road on the death penalty and Iraq but that’s just too much bull for one column. Did I mention that 2 minor party presidential candidates got arrested on Friday night for trying to crash the debates? Maybe later.
Take care and remember, only one more presidential debate. After that, we have 3 weeks of commercials to counter the boo-boos said by each of the candidates during the debates. And then we can celebrate the end of the commercials by voting.
America, what a country!