Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Post-Debate Pre-Spin thoughts

A few quick thoughts before the spin meisters impact my thinking:

Both men did pretty well. Cheney's ability to speak extemporaneously on a variety of subjects is apparent. He is intelligent, thoughtful, has gravitas. On the negative side, he looks uncomfortable, a bit grumpy, and you get the sense that he not being fully forthcoming on the issues.

Edwards is clearly the more optimistic of the two. He played earnest to Cheney's sternest. And while Edwards clearly lacks Cheney's gravitas, he also seems unburdened by the weight of running the free world that Cheney carries so uncomfortably on his shoulders.

My first inclination is to call it a tie; Maybe even give Cheney a slight advantage, if only cause he didn't blow it as badly as his boss did.

That thought makes me wonder about something: How poorly does the President compare to anyone else on either ticket? Cheney, Kerry and Edwards are all more articulate, all communicate complex ideas more clearly, have a worldly and sophisticated international view. Each has been more successful professionally than the President.

Ironically, the incumbent is the least qualified of all four players to be President.

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Barry,

I'm going to have to disagree with you on that last statement. The least qualified person on the tickets is without any doubt John Edwards. It is obvious that John Kerry did not pick Edwards based on substance. There are plenty of more qualified Democrats in the Senate that could have run on the Kerry ticket. Edwards looks young and he speaks well, and that's it. While his may be a success story, making millions as a trial lawyer is not much of a qualification for the position of President or Vice President of the United States. His only real qualification is that of being a Senator. But with that said, his success as a Senator is far from proven since this is only his first term. Bush, on the otherhand, was a two time Governor of Texas as well as President for four years. That, by any stretch of the imagination, places him above John Edwards' qualifications, regardless of Bush's ability or inability to articulate.

Posted by: Shane | Oct 7, 2004 7:43:54 AM

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