Need any wood?
Last night I had my hopes brought back. I don't really care what the press says. I have been spending a lot of time trying to catch up on the flood of commentary out there. In my opinion Bush won, but Kerry probably didn't look that bad to anyone who hasn't paid much attention to the race. I think it was telling that the audience laughed easily with Bush though. The Daily Recycler
has a great clip of the "need any wood?" crack that defused Kerry's attack on Bush's income taxes. Gee, I wonder if Kerry's wife (the billionaire who owns the SUV) uses any tax shelter loopholes. Impossible to know, since she won't release the information.
I am currently testing the Goldberg Conjecture I made in my last post. I still think Jonah is one of the best out there, but last night early on in the Corner, he opined that Bush was again getting his ass handed to him. I don't think that was the case, and the worst you could score it was a tie. Let's see what comes off his fingers on Monday.
Also from the Corner, Rich Lowry notes a good point made in an email. For those of you who thought Kerry looked commanding and not ironically hilarious when he said "I have only ever had one position on Iraq"...square this one up:
GOOD POINT [Rich Lowry]
I know you guys analyze these things more than I do (and it’s probably not a new point), but I did find these Kerry comments to be incredible during the debate…
”Well, let me tell you straight up: I've never changed my mind about Iraq. I do believe Saddam Hussein was a threat. I always believed he was a threat. Believed it in 1998 when Clinton was president. I wanted to give Clinton the power to use force if necessary.”
Later in the debate answering a question on Iran…
”KERRY: I don't think you can just rely on U.N. sanctions, Randee. But you're absolutely correct, it is a threat, it's a huge threat.
”And what's interesting is, it's a threat that has grown while the president has been preoccupied with Iraq, where there wasn't a threat.”
Posted at 12:45 PM
Yeah, one position. Emphasis mine, because I know how people hate to read the whole thing and make your own judgements. Yes, that is scorn.
Saturday Night Live is on tonight, and I'm looking forward to seeing what they do. Queen Latifah is hosting. So even though my SNL predictions have all fallen flat, I am going to go with the smart money and say that Jimmy Fallon will cameo tonight at some point. He's in Taxi with Latifah, so you do the math.
And the F1 race from Suzuka in Japan is tonight at midnight (my time). There was a typhoon yesterday, which stopped practice and postponed qualifying to the morning of the race. So around now or so. I have no idea what's going on over there.
Congratulations to John Howard, who won the election in Australia last night. In case you didn't know it, a victory for Howard is a victory for the U.S.
And congratulations to Afghanistan, who held free elections for the first time in a looooooong time. No need to thank the U.S. for helping with that, just doing our job ;)
posted by M@ at 7:39 PM