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October 01, 2004

My take on the debate

Everyone was expecting Kerry to come across as a stick and Bush to come across as the guy on the bar stool next to you. Bush had obviously been over coached on body language and was waaay too stiff. Kerry couldn't help but look good after all the negative stuff coming out about him in the media, especially about how he lacked charisma.

Bush's people need to lay off of him and let him relax and be himself. Even with the smirk he's more likeable as himself than as the tight lipped, slow speaking Alfred E. Newman looking version I saw last night.

Anyone with at least a double digit IQ already knows what both candidates are about. These debates are for those who somehow think a 90 minutes beauty contest is how to determine the leader of the free world. Looking across the internet the bulk of the discussion is about body language, voice inflection and other things that have nothing at all to do with who the candidates really are. It's interesting that the Libs are suddenly so big on appearances when the consensus about Kerry so far is that he's "creepy" and looks like one of those angry trees from the Wizard of Oz (with an attempt to look like a tall Oompa Loompa from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory several days ago). A word of warning -- don't put too much weight on appearances when your candidate could win a Lurch look alike contest.

In the end we are still left with Bush being the only candidate which presents any real leadership ability, and Kerry the one that no one (even after the debate) knows where exactly he stands.

Those whose opinions have been impacted by such a debate will lose interest as soon as a good Jerry Springer episode comes on cable.

That being said, there were several little gimmicks that hurt Bush. Kerry's podium was at least 2 inches lower than Bush's. In a wide shot, comparing the podium heights against the darkened window behind them, it is obvious Kerry's podium was shorter. This allows the camera to exaggerate Kerry's height.

Since the Jerry Springer factor remains a real variable in the election, such triviality are now a factor to contend with.


Posted by Jack Lewis at October 1, 2004 08:01 AM