September 21, 2004

ONCE A DUPE... (via Kevin Whited):

Kerry: Bush Wanted Debate 'Life Lines' (Sep 21, 2004, AP)

Why did it take so long for the Bush and Kerry campaigns to agree on a debate schedule? Sen. John Kerry had the answer for television's Regis Philbin, who has hosted the quiz show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"

"The big hang-up was George Bush wanted to get life lines, you know, so he could call somebody," the Democratic candidate for president quipped Tuesday while appearing on "Live With Regis and Kelly."

Contestants on the multiple-choice quiz show could contact a knowledgeable friend for help if they were unsure of an answer.

The Senator is right, of course, Mr. Bush is a moron and the debates will demonstrate, for all to see, Mr. Kerry's clear superiority of intellect and vastly more likable persona.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 21, 2004 12:20 PM

Most candidates talk up their opponent's debating skills to set the bar higher for them (and reduce the probability that their opponent wins the debate). Kerry, is his typically arrogant fashion, is putting Bush down and helping Bush to lower expectations.

Posted by: AWW at September 21, 2004 12:33 PM

His humor is out of this world. Ten questions on Letterman, and now this. When will it stop.

Posted by: AllenS at September 21, 2004 12:38 PM

The debates will be a minefield for Kerry, and he knows it.

Just one question about his activities following Vietnam, or what his campaign was doing colluding with CBS, and he will sputter for 90 minutes while Bush just smiles.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 21, 2004 12:39 PM

"The debates will be a minefield for Kerry, and he knows it."

Sort of.

On the one hand his staff is repeating this mantra over and over again. Trying to convince Kerry to look out.

On the other, Kerry's so arogant that he doesn't really believe it, and so he'll again walk right into the punch.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at September 21, 2004 1:02 PM

Who gets to pick the questions? If it's Old Media, why not a questions like:

To Kerry: "Would you say that your bravery in combat sets an example for our troops in Iraq?"

To Bush: "How would you explain to a young man entering the National Guard why he should serve when you didn't?"

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at September 21, 2004 5:22 PM


Because although it would amuse Kerry's supporters, it would backfire horribly among the independents Kerry needs to win over.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at September 22, 2004 5:38 AM

Why not lifelines?
In real-life situations, Presidents depend on their staffs, and picking good people is one of the most immportant parts of the job.

Let them both use lifelines on a foreign policy question. Bush will be getting advice from Powell and Rice. Kerry will be getting advice from Albright.

Who do think will come up with a better answer? Which *team* would you rather have in charge of the country?

Posted by: ralph phelan at September 22, 2004 1:32 PM