Thursday, October 14, 2004

I'm too tired and it's too late to write much about the final debate tonight, but I have to rant a little before I go to bed. I just could not believe how incredibly stupid the President of the United States is, or at least sounds. Apparently Laura told him to "stand up straight and don't scowl," so he pasted a frozen plastic smile on his face instead. He stammered, he kept repeating over and over that Kerry had cut taxes 98 times--Kerry was laughing. He denied having said that he was not concerned about Osama bin Laden remaining uncaught. His solution to the crisis over the flu vaccine shortage was to tell Americans not to have a flu shot unless they're elderly. His smile when he said this was so fake and insincere that I could not believe anyone would find him credible. When Bob Schieffer asked him what he would say to an American whose job had been outsourced to someone overseas, he said the best way to keep jobs from being outsourced was to improve the education system. As if making education better is going to keep corporations from jumping at the chance to give an American's job to someone in another country who will do it for a fraction of what an American would cost. When Kerry pointed out that several "leading news organizations" had said that Bush had misrepresented Kerry's position on health care reform, Bush responded, "In all due respect, I'm not so sure it's credible to quote leading news organizations about -- oh, never mind." When Schieffer asked the candidates their positions on raising the minimum wage, Kerry said he would fight to raise the minimum wage to $7/hour. Bush changed the subject to education again, and called No Child Left Behind a "jobs act."

Tomorrow I'm going to look back and find exactly where Bush made that comment about not caring that OBL had not been caught. I'm almost positive Kerry had it exactly right. But I'll look for it tomorrow.

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