Thursday, October 14, 2004

Debate-O-Rama

One thing is certain. Neither candidate was entirely accurate in the slew of facts and figures that were strewn about last night. However, if we are judging from a snap reaction (and I'm trying really hard not to let my relatively conservative bias play any part), Bush kicked the crap out of Kerry.

So you can understand my surprise when I looked at CNN.com this morning. I don't think all of the people polled watched the whole debate. Bush really came on toward the end, hit his stride and laid the Texas Smackdown to the "More Liberal Senator from Massachusetts".

I particularly liked this part:

"I want to remind people listening tonight that a plan is not a litany of complaints, and a plan is not to lay out programs that you can't pay for.

He just said he wants everybody to be able to buy in to the same plan that senators and congressmen get. That costs the government $7,700 per family. If every family in America signed up, like the senator suggested, [it] would cost us $5 trillion over 10 years.

It's an empty promise. It's called bait and switch."

That was my favorite. I'm so sick and tired of Kerry saying, "I have a plan," and then saying "go to my web site" when he knows damn well that most of us are too freaking lazy to go to our computer and look up his lousy plans.

On a happier note, I had Chipotle for the 2nd time in 2 days last night. I just can't get enough burrito love.

2 nights ago: Steak Fajita burrito, with green tomatillo and cheese
last night: chicken burrito bol, no beans, green tomatillo, medium corn salsa, cheese, guacamole

I love burritos.

2 comments:

weasbri said...

Simple reason why people thought Kerry won (from a liberal leaning person such as myself): they don't listen to what the candidates are saying, but they look at HOW they're saying it. By that measure, Kerry wins on style every time. It's Bush's greatest strength that people identify with him as a "regular guy", but it's a detriment in a debate environment.
Your Bush quote was a good burn on Kerry, but let's face it, Bush laid out plenty of pie-in-the-sky plans that were designed to appeal to voters and will never get implemented. That's what politicians do to win elections, and we should never be surprised by that.

ishane said...

Brian, I agree with you to a certain extent, but Bush has laid some plans out that he has followed through with (No Child Left Behind, Pell Grant increase...not yet the $5100, but it has increased and it reaches more people) while all Kerry has done is say "I have a plan". His Senate record only proves that he hasn't really ever done anything.