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Debate Victory In Eye of Beholder

Wednesday, 06 October 2004 12:00 AM

Victory is in the eye of the beholder. If you liked Cheney going in you still like him today; the same applies for Edwards.

Both scored points - and both did their political job: attacking the top of the other ticket.

Dick Cheney went after John Kerry as a flip-flopper and a lefty on national defense much more effectively than did Bush last week.

Edwards simply echoed Kerry’s lines from last week - because polls show those lines are working.

Probably not. All the focus has already shifted back to anticipation of Friday night’s presidential debate.

Friday night is critical for the Bush campaign. Another lame performance could be devastating to the Bush Campaign. Even one sight of pique or cockiness will be magnified by the media.

Expect the audience to ask pretty tough questions of both candidates. Kerry can handle them because he’s been getting attacked all year during his primaries. The question is: can Bush suppress his temper and keep a nice smile plastered on his face for 90 minutes even when he is ticked off?

Bremer’s admission that we did not originally have enough troops in Iraq to maintain order is a devastating indictment of Bush’s conduct of Iraq - right at the crucial time of the campaign!

And Rummy’s claim that he has seen no evidence linking Saddam to Al Qaeda also completely undecuts Bush and Cheney - and gives Kerry new ammo for the final weeks of the campaign including - Friday night.

What were these two thinking anyway?

4) State of the race today: the campaign is basically tied. The final debates are big - especially for the loser of either because he won’t have much time to clean up his mistakes.

Bush has squandered his lead but is still probably ahead marginally.

Kerry has a bit of upward momentum. And if he is tied going into Election Day he will win because of the huge increases in Democratic registration and the ‘Passion Differential.’

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