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Wednesday, October 06, 2004

With Chicago just days away, I was not able to watch the VP debate the way it should have been watched-- as a drinking game. We'd been looking forward to it, but were disappointed. I'd have to say that Edwards came up small: stand for something, John! The format favored Cheney, of course, but no excuses-- Cheney is much more effective than he gets credit for. I saw him speak at UB back in 1993, when he was exploring the idea of running for President (as opposed to running the President) and he was a presence that filled a sports arena. An evil presence, sure, but there's more to him than just a glowering gray man-- I don't think that Bush, for all that he is said to be charismatic, has quite the same effect. Cheney at a conference room table is a tiger in the jungle: completely in his element, and as dangerous an animal as walks. You could see the air being sucked out of the room, and Edwards, whose effectiveness comes in no small part from his animation, was no match, even though I knew that a fair percentage of what Cheney was saying was simply false.

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