What Else Is In Scott's Head?

The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Better Than Nyquil

I wish this debate had aired at midnight; I deal with insomnia daily and anything to help get me drowsy is a good thing.

I'm not even sure what anyone said. President George W. Bush was frequently incoherent; his response to the question regarding shortages of the flu vaccine made no sense at all; in the last debate, Bush said he hadn't approved a decision to import generic drugs from Canada because the Canadian drugs were dangerous, but it turned out that the flu vaccine itself was dangerous and we're now working with the Canadians to make up for the shortage (huh?); and John Kerry, I'm positive, was sedated. Someone behind the scenes must have told all parties involved to lower the intensity and the result was something akin to spending an hour staring at a freshly-painted wall.

Also, and I know this is not important, but there was something on the corner of Bush's lip that was really distracting.

Back to the debate. Uh, people said stuff. That's about all I remember. Bush denied that he ever said that Osama Bin Laden was no longer a concern (which he actually did say at a press conference held on March 14, 2002. Bush said, in response to a question about the threat Osama Bin Laden posed to the United States, "Well, as I say, we haven't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don't know where he is. I -- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run. I was concerned about him, when he had taken over a country. I was concerned about the fact that he was basically running Afghanistan and calling the shots for the Taliban.")

And come on, ending a debate with candidates making jokes? They should have been bashing each other in the head with two by fours. Bush's laugh is kind of creepy and Kerry obviously isn't used to being jovial in public.

Some facts and numbers were thrown around and no one seemed all that interested in those numbers.

All in all, a lifeless performance by both candidates.


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