Thursday, October 14, 2004

Blue suits, red ties, white shirts
and those cute little flag pins

The final debate in Tempe

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The measure of the man

Kerry's on a roll; it's too bad there are no more debates--clearly an arena in which the Democrat excels.

Bush was, once again, twitchy, and got himself in trouble by denying his 2002 comments about Osama bin Laden, about whom he claimed to have no worries. (Note, dear reader, that AddieStan had aptly rebutted this claim within minutes of its utterance with a link to the transcript of the March 13, 2002, press conference at which Bush made that assertion. Scroll to item, "Exaggeration? You decide".)

Torn between tracking down links and making original analysis or commenting on every question and answer, your Webwench chose the former path. Consequently, a number of consequential issues--Social Security, the minimum wage, abortion rights--escaped the wisdom of her pen. So she will do her best to follow up on those matters tomorrow, with special attention the women whose votes the candidates were wooing.

Your cybertrix also received insightful commentary and questions from her readers during the debate, which she will endeavor to address in the daylight hours.

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Who's outta line?

How awful of that John Kerry to mention Vice President Dick Cheney's out lesbian daughter in a discussion of sexual orientation and gay marriage! Just ask MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, or Ben Ginsburg, legal adviser to the Swift Boat Veterans for Bush and late of the Bush Cheney campaign (not that the two have anything to do with each other). According to these two, it was just despicable and depraved for the Democratic presidential candidate to note the vice president's top campaign adviser and beloved daughter as an example of a queer person who apparently knows who she is.

Your blogstress concurs with those pundits who suggest, as did MSNBC's Ron Reagan, Jr., that Kerry's mention of Mary Cheney in this context wasn't exactly a smooth move. Indeed, this sort of thing always makes your Webwench squirm.

However, a Google search of Scarborough's response to GOP senatorial candidate Alan Keyes' assertion that Ms. Cheney was, by definition, as "a selfish hedonist" (see Krazy Keyes' explanation of his comment to your blogstress during the Republican National Convention; scroll to the 7th item, The anti-Obama: Alan Keyes talks to AddieStan about Mary Cheney, sex organs and journalists) came up mysteriously empty.

[NOTE: Readers' challenge--your Webwench, with her undying faith in humanity, would love to stand corrected on this. Send in your citations.]

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