Liveblogging the debates, for fun and profit
Update: Added the photo above. The crowd was estimated at near 200! In 2000, I only remember 50 or so people showing up.
Jim Lehrer explains the rule.
Bush made it to Kerry's side first! Bush wins.
Kerry is tall! Kerry wins.
Is Kerry allowed to wave?
Can Kerry do better? “Maybe, I don't have anything to say about that. Thanks for inviting me though.”
Oops. He thinks he would be better. Where are the allies? Why won't they die in Iraq instead of us? Jerks.
Bush looks stupid. But his tie is straight. Thanks ABC. Everyone mocks you. Bush thought he was going to be off camera!
But thinks ... Florida is OK. “September 11 changed everything.”
10 million Afghans, out of 9 million eligible voters, are registered to vote! Rock on.
Libya is disarmed, Iran and North Korea are armed.
Whill Kerry make us get hit again? I believe I'll win. Who cares? I'm a great guy. “Unmercifully”?
Never waver, never change presidents. 41% of eligible voters in Afghanistan are women? On average, there are more women than men.
“We have to be smart” “Let's invade Afghanistan!”
Bush in the headlights makes everyone laugh.
Apparently, the military is shrill
Q: “What mistakes?”
A: “Where do you want me to begin?”
“Changed his mind - his campaign has a word for that.”
“As a man who has been in combat.”
Bush checks his notes.
Afghanistan is built out of opium!
Saddam is 10 times more important than what's-his-name, bin Laden.
It's the hardest decision a president makes. Almost as important as deciding to go to the UN all by myself.
The world is safer without Hussein, dammit!
Fuck, where's the tele-prompter?
Of course we're after Hussein, no, bin Laden.
Bush channels the Medium Lobster, the way to win this is to never change.
Unisia, mixed signals are bad. Allawi says so.
Will Kerry point out that Bush could have killed Zarqawi?
Kerry gets the close head shots, not Bush. Is Bush splotchy?
What kind of mixed message does it send to spend all that money on cops and firefighters in Iraq when we are cutting those services here?
Kerry rocks. I'm gonna do it in four years. Do it all night long, baby.
Bush: But anyway ...
“We have to be on the offense.” But the best offense is the best defense.
Patriot Act is vital.
Bush is incredulous.
When do we bring our boys home?
When we have an Iraqi army! When they want to protect themselves! Bust Mr. Prez., we're killing more Iraqis than insurgents. They think the insurgents are protecting them from us.
Bush: “I don't like artificial deadlines, that's why we transferred ”sovereignty“ not later than June 30.”
“Help is on the way!”
Soldiers to Kerry: “We need you!”
Bush's father is shrill.
Bush decided he wants to change the rules.
“I made a mistake in how I talk about the war, he made a mistake in how he ran it, which is worse, bitch?”
Q: “Are Americans dying for a mistake?”
A: “Not if I'm in charge.”
“Invading Iraq in response to 9-11 is like FDR invading Mexico in response to Pearl Harbor, bitch.”
“That's totally absurd.”
Bush: “I know Poland's leader's name. I rock!”
Bush: “I know how these people think.”
Bush: “That's not how you make friends, bitch!”
Bush: “Our mistake was winning to fast. Slow down, bitch! Stop surrendering, cowards! I see how hard it is on TV!”
The plan says we'll have elections in January, not on some arbitrary deadline. Our alliance is strong, that's why Britain is reducing its troop levels.
Kerry: “The truth is what good policy is based on, bitch!”
Talk about mixed messages, ie, North Korea.
Q: “How has he lied?”
A: Niger, coalition too small, didn't exhaust diplomacy, “rushed to war,” “mislead... mislead... mislead.” “I've worked with foreign leaders since you were a pup, bitch!” “We need to be smarter, bitch, like Ron Reagan and Kennedy!”
Bush: “A commander-in-chief never changes his mind.”
Bush: “Kerry: 'I've had one position, to have no position.'”
“Never mistake the war for the warrior.”
“Can I have 30 seconds? ... ... ... ... ...”
Apparently, Kerry was in combat, or something.
“He's mislead again this evening, bitch! No, not you Jim, you rock.”
Stop making fun of my puppet. We only make fun of the leaders of old Europe.
Live blogging is fun, but tiring.
“I know Osama attacked us!” Kerry smirks.
“I'd have done it differently.” Bush is shocked. “That's unpossible,” he says.
Bush: “Being popular doesn't make sense.”
Q: “Can diplomacy solve N. Korea and Iran?”
Bush: “I hope so. DIalogue sure won't, bitch.”
Kerry knows more about Iran and NK than Bush. I like him. Foreign leaders “bewildered and embarrassed.”
Kerry: Let's give logistical support and maybe troops.
Bush: We gave them food, and eventually the rain will end.
Bush: Kerry is a good father, and Yale is OK.
Mixed messages suck.
Kerry: Bush girls are stupid, Laura is HOT.
Certainty: It's one thing to be certain and be wrong. It's another to learn from your mistakes, bitch! Stem cells!
Kerry: I'm no wilting violet, bitch.
Josh: Osama bin Laden.
Kerry: Nuclear weapons.
Bush: John Kerry Osama bin Laden noocular wepuns weapons of mass destruction related program activities. No, ballistic missiles! But only if terrorists have them.
I like the lights. I like knowing whether he's winding up or taking up a new topic.
Flip-flopper, first you look into Putin's soul and think he rocks, now he sucks?
Just because the president says it can't be done, doesn't mean it isn't true. He's lied before.
I'm a pretty calm guy. We looked at the wrong inaccurate intelligence.
Kerry rocks. Bush's writers' are much better.