The Third Presidential Debate
Kerry in a walk.
Seriously. Bush’s entire rhetorical arsenal seemed to consist of just flatly denying whatever Kerry said. Weak, weak, weak.
And the “Massachusetts liberal” thing? Tired. It actually surprised me how off-key it sounded hearing Bush harp on it. Calling a Democratic candidate a “tax and spend liberal” had a lot more sting in 1988. Today — when Democrats have a decade-plus record of paying down budget deficits, and a Republican President and Congress have managed to run them right back up again — it just defies reality.
Of course, “denying reality” seems to be a large component of the Bush strategy, so I probably shouldn’t be surprised. But I don’t think it paid him any dividends tonight.