Before the debate both campaigns called the debate very important.
Now we hear from the Republicans that debates don't really change anything, that they don't really count. Hmmm, wonder who won?
We also hear that Kerry is a "slick debater" and that "we aren't electing a debater-in-chief."
I'll give Bush credit. He has good handlers.
Expect the next month to be the dirtiest in the history of this nation. Karl Rove knows a lot of voters who believed the propaganda about Kerry (including, apparently, Bush too) were surprised that the real Kerry showed up, not the cartoon-character French-looking flip-flopping patrician weakling of right-wing sound bites. Ooops, guess they believed what they wanted to believe - which seems to be a trait with this administration.
Now the twisting begins.
Kerry's said very clearly (and concisely) that the United States had the right to take preemptive action abroad if it "passes the global test, where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you're doing what you're doing and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons."
Bush is now saying: "Sen. Kerry said that America has to pass some sort of global test before we can use our troops to defend ourselves. Think about that. He wants our national security decisions subject to the approval of a foreign government."
He also said today that "the use of troops to defend America must never be subject to a veto by countries like France."
Read Kerry's quote again. "Countrymen?" "your people?" And proving to the world you are taking legitimate action is a no-brainer. If you don't you become an enemy of the world and no nation can withstand that.
Apparently Bush doesn't like the idea of the People being the ones a president must convince before waging pre-emptive war. This is the guy who is "exporting democracy." Hmm...
And then there is the fact that Bush tried to attack Kerry for daring to question the grand "coalition of the willing" (for God's sake, don't forget Poland) and said that this would harm our relations with allies.
Well, if anybody knows about how to harm our relations with allies it is this president.
Remember that song from "South Park" the movie? "Blame Canada?"
Turns out it is "blame France." A nation that Bush insulted today yet again in his efforts to build an even grander coalition of the willing.
Stand by the for the Republican slime machine.