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aldebaran Donating Member (67 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-03-04 12:50 PM
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42. They're just lowering the bar
There's no way they can pull out, it would mean throwing in the towel.

They're just setting up the spin machine- "The audience was hostile, Democrats cheated by smuggling in partisans".

If they really wanted out, they'd stay quiet, and set up a red alert, but they probably know they'd be called on it.

They're screwed, and know it, and are just hanging on now, hoping against hope for a crucial Kerry error.
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  -Norah O'Donnell, MSNBC, says Bush may call off second debate.. kentuck  Oct-03-04 12:26 PM   #0 
  - If he does, we've won  wryter2000   Oct-03-04 12:27 PM   #1 
  - Maybe he'll fly out to put his hot air  nownow   Oct-03-04 12:29 PM   #7 
  - Exactly!  Maestro   Oct-03-04 02:02 PM   #74 
  - "Surrender" is right, and it's the meme.  blondeatlast   Oct-03-04 02:14 PM   #80 
  - Or...  wryter2000   Oct-03-04 03:47 PM   #100 
     - I like it.  oregon_dem1   Oct-03-04 04:21 PM   #114 
        - Hey! I resemble that remark!  MexedMissage   Oct-04-04 11:12 AM   #169 
  - It will just show he doesn't have the brass to take it.  Cascadian   Oct-03-04 02:23 PM   #84 
  - Remember those Kerry hecklers showing up at all the rallies?  othermeans   Oct-03-04 03:08 PM   #96 
  - I agree...if it is canceled, they won't be able to use  Carla in Ca   Oct-03-04 08:37 PM   #137 
  - Yes, he'll have egg on his face and branded a coward. He has to  Catfight   Oct-04-04 11:34 AM   #170 
  - It means they don't think..  girl gone mad   Oct-03-04 12:27 PM   #2 
  - They're just lowering the bar  aldebaran   Oct-03-04 12:50 PM   #42 
     - Yes, we should be careful, it may be the expectations game. n/t  wildflower   Oct-03-04 12:58 PM   #47 
     - Can't lower the bar much further...  bush_has_to_go   Oct-03-04 02:00 PM   #71 
        - Kerry and Edwards...  MasterD   Oct-04-04 10:34 AM   #160 
           - LMAO!  RoyalWickedness   Oct-04-04 10:39 AM   #162 
  - WHOA! Kerry should show up, anyway. Or have something like it  calimary   Oct-03-04 12:28 PM   #3 
  - Exactly. Brilliant.  Tandalayo_Scheisskopf   Oct-03-04 12:31 PM   #15 
  - Yep.  girl gone mad   Oct-03-04 12:35 PM   #24 
  - Absolutely! Kerry shows up and answers EVERYONE's questions  doni_georgia   Oct-03-04 12:39 PM   # 
  - He should name a new opponent  RatTerrier   Oct-03-04 03:52 PM   #105 
  - And still have both podiums....showing one EMPTY!  napi21   Oct-03-04 12:48 PM   #41 
  - How about putting a little George doll on the empty seat  Melch   Oct-03-04 02:24 PM   #85 
     - Make it a bobble head  coalminersdaughter   Oct-03-04 02:49 PM   #90 
     - How 'bout a photo - or one of those lifesized cardboard cutouts with which  calimary   Oct-03-04 08:24 PM   #132 
     - cracked me up  klyon   Oct-03-04 02:59 PM   #94 
     - How about a live chimp?  Seabiscuit   Oct-03-04 03:03 PM   #95 
     - In a flight suit!  Narraback   Oct-03-04 07:38 PM   #125 
     - Welcome to DU, Melch  wryter2000   Oct-03-04 03:48 PM   #101 
     - What a delightful post from a "Newbie!"  RevCheesehead   Oct-03-04 03:51 PM   #104 
     - Yeah! It could keep repeating...  pbl   Oct-03-04 08:51 PM   #144 
     - I know just the doll, too...  jmowreader   Oct-04-04 09:14 AM   #159 
     - Welcome to DU, Melch  ribofunk   Oct-04-04 11:09 AM   #167 
     - How about an empty cowboy hat  BarbaRosa   Oct-04-04 11:11 AM   #168 
  - Yep. This is an old tactic.  H2O Man   Oct-03-04 02:03 PM   #76 
  - dupe comment. n/t  krkaufman   Oct-03-04 02:54 PM   #92 
  - I agree, free publicity and free air time. Lots of chances to make his  demigoddess   Oct-03-04 04:27 PM   #115 
  - YES! with a TV Loop of Bush  progdonkey   Oct-03-04 07:41 PM   #126 
  - Exactly Kerry says let us take this time to talk about YOU and Your problem  Vincardog   Oct-03-04 09:11 PM   #147 
  - Yup, Kerry should show up anyway  RoyalWickedness   Oct-04-04 10:40 AM   #163 
  - I agree totally--he should say "apparently Bush was serious...  Carni   Oct-04-04 10:47 AM   #165 
  - Just another example of cowardice.  Racenut20   Oct-03-04 12:28 PM   #4 
  - Aw!!!!!!!!!!!!! Daddy had a bad time debating in '92????????????  displacedtexan   Oct-03-04 12:29 PM   #5 
  - LOL  senseandsensibility   Oct-03-04 12:54 PM   #44 
  - I wonder whether his handlers are having trouble  tblue37   Oct-03-04 08:45 PM   #141 
  - "WAHHH! Displaced Texan is picking on me!"  rocknation   Oct-03-04 01:13 PM   #54 
     - Photo of the real Chimp  goclark   Oct-03-04 01:21 PM   #57 
     - Here ya go:  RevCheesehead   Oct-03-04 03:57 PM   #107 
     - Zaius was...  Aviation Pro   Oct-03-04 08:32 PM   #133 
     - jesus!! that's even worse than the Mark Crispin Miller book cover!  Gabi Hayes   Oct-03-04 04:36 PM   #116 
        - Striking resemblence  Aviation Pro   Oct-03-04 08:36 PM   #136 
  - I hope so....  sloppyliberal   Oct-03-04 12:29 PM   #6 
  - No - republicans would say he's  leetrisck   Oct-03-04 12:36 PM   #26 
  - He wouldn't be debating himself if...  Catch22Dem   Oct-03-04 12:39 PM   #31 
  - If Republicans try that, all Kerry has to say is...  sonicx   Oct-03-04 12:45 PM   #39 
  - Hey, sloppy  wryter2000   Oct-03-04 03:50 PM   #102 
  - Well, Welcome to BOTH of you, Gabi AND sloppyliberal!  calimary   Oct-03-04 08:33 PM   #134 
  - Good. If Bush cancels the debate, he loses the election  JPJones   Oct-03-04 12:29 PM   #8 
  - oh please call off that debate!!!  xray s   Oct-03-04 12:29 PM   #9 
  - True?  BluegrassDem   Oct-03-04 12:30 PM   #14 
  - "Tell us something we don't know" on the Chris Matthews Show...  kentuck   Oct-03-04 12:32 PM   #20 
  - link  CatWoman   Oct-03-04 12:35 PM   #25 
  - Repugs say he may back out AND he's not afraid . . .  ncgrits   Oct-03-04 01:28 PM   #62 
  - right on - win/win or lose/lose!  faithnotgreed   Oct-03-04 02:02 PM   #75 
  - Welcome ncgrits!  calimary   Oct-03-04 08:40 PM   #138 
  - "Surrender" is the meme.  blondeatlast   Oct-03-04 02:20 PM   #82 
  - I think this is based on old information.  bagnana   Oct-03-04 02:04 PM   #77 
  - Am I missing something?  lefthandedskyhook   Oct-03-04 04:51 PM   #118 
  - This was clearly written  PassingFair   Oct-03-04 08:50 PM   #143 
  - This is an old article. It was written before the first Debate  Bandit   Oct-04-04 11:00 AM   #166 
  - What was the context of this?  PROGRESSIVE1   Oct-03-04 01:49 PM   #67 
     - It's part of the weekly show of Matthews....  kentuck   Oct-03-04 01:54 PM   #68 
        - How was the show today?  PROGRESSIVE1   Oct-03-04 01:56 PM   #69 
  - Hi, Bluegrass  wryter2000   Oct-03-04 03:51 PM   #103 
  - Welcome, BluegrassDem!  calimary   Oct-03-04 08:35 PM   #135 
  - Indeed, indeed! nt  blondeatlast   Oct-03-04 02:18 PM   #81 
  - People will freak if he pulls that shit!  shadu   Oct-03-04 12:30 PM   #10 
  - Bush to "Cut and Run" from the Debates? HA-HA-HA  nodictators   Oct-03-04 01:26 PM   #61 
     - Newsday headlines......BUSH FLIP FLOPS  Anti Bush   Oct-03-04 03:12 PM   #97 
  - THE MOST POWERFUL MAN ON THE PLANET AFRAID  BOSSHOG   Oct-03-04 12:30 PM   #11 
  - you got that right  Demi_Babe   Oct-03-04 12:32 PM   #19 
  - I hope he does...it will cost him the election!  sfecap   Oct-03-04 12:30 PM   #12 
  - I remember he didn't show up at the NAACP...  kentuck   Oct-03-04 12:30 PM   #13 
  - pack the audience with Republican partisans and Kerry would STILL  JI7   Oct-03-04 12:31 PM   #16 
  - YES! nt  blondeatlast   Oct-03-04 02:22 PM   #83 
  - Please oh please  cardlaw   Oct-03-04 12:31 PM   #17 
  - that's what i predicted  seekthetruth   Oct-03-04 12:32 PM   #18 
  - PLEASE, chimpy, cancel the debate!  in_cog_ni_to   Oct-03-04 12:33 PM   #21 
  - I saw that debate last night  Kanzeon   Oct-03-04 12:33 PM   #22 
  - The Chimp can't pass up another chance to go AWOL  aint_no_life_nowhere   Oct-03-04 12:34 PM   #23 
  - Please, Please, PLEASE pull out you scumbag coward  unfrigginreal   Oct-03-04 12:36 PM   #27 
  - Deserts the Military to avoid a drug test  BOSSHOG   Oct-03-04 12:37 PM   #28 
  - It's an OLD article  BluegrassDem   Oct-03-04 12:41 PM   #33 
  - If he cancels..  deseo   Oct-03-04 12:39 PM   #29 
  - I just can't believe they would do that  MidwestTransplant   Oct-03-04 12:39 PM   #30 
  - If he does this, hanging the "wimp" tag on this Bush will be even easier..  party_line   Oct-03-04 12:40 PM   #32 
  - I hope they do. Please, please, please...  troublemaker   Oct-03-04 12:42 PM   #34 
  - link  CatWoman   Oct-03-04 12:43 PM   #35 
  - It IS a story from September 7th. Even so, it doesn't reflect well.  calimary   Oct-03-04 08:45 PM   #140 
  - If bush is looking for a way "graceful" way to bow out of the other  flordehinojos   Oct-03-04 12:43 PM   #36 
  - My advice  Wilber_Stool   Oct-03-04 12:44 PM   #37 
  - If he does  ropipor   Oct-03-04 12:45 PM   #38 
  - One word: coWard  4_year_nightmare   Oct-03-04 12:46 PM   #40 
  - They can't afford to cancel the debates now... they blew their chance  Wife_of_a_Wes_Freak   Oct-03-04 12:51 PM   #43 
  - Second Debate  n2mark   Oct-03-04 12:57 PM   #45 
  - Who won?  n2mark   Oct-03-04 12:59 PM   #48 
     - Isn't that the one where Gore invaded his "space"?  kentuck   Oct-03-04 01:01 PM   #49 
  - They floated this BEFORE THE FIRST DEBATE  MADem   Oct-03-04 12:57 PM   #46 
  - Oh PLEASE do this, you cowardly piece of poo.  tjdee   Oct-03-04 01:03 PM   #50 
  - Rove doing some lowering of expectations  private_ryan   Oct-03-04 01:07 PM   #51 
  - a ROVE trial balloon  sontec   Oct-03-04 01:09 PM   #52 
  - Welcome, Sontec  wryter2000   Oct-03-04 03:57 PM   #108 
  - Welcome to DU. I had wondered about that, myself.  calimary   Oct-03-04 08:56 PM   #145 
  - That would end the election.  Bleachers7   Oct-03-04 01:10 PM   #53 
  - Please please O please  WilliamPitt   Oct-03-04 01:14 PM   #55 
  - they're trying to lower expectations  slinkerwink   Oct-03-04 01:15 PM   #56 
  - It will cost them the election if they bail  Jim4Wes   Oct-03-04 01:21 PM   #58 
  - Do it and he's toast  incapsulated   Oct-03-04 01:22 PM   #59 
  - I say let him.  mountainvue   Oct-03-04 01:22 PM   #60 
  - Oh please  CrowNotAngelGRL   Oct-03-04 01:34 PM   #63 
  - If Bush is afwaid, he could take big bad Cheney with him.  rullery   Oct-03-04 01:40 PM   #64 
  - chickenhawks showing their feathers  Yuugal   Oct-03-04 01:45 PM   #65 
  - Welcome, Yuugal  wryter2000   Oct-03-04 03:58 PM   #109 
  - If he does show up, he'll be like a gambling addict...  ThePhilosopher04   Oct-03-04 01:46 PM   #66 
  - "Chicken George"-is this how he handles pressure?  Dr Fate   Oct-03-04 01:59 PM   #70 
  - W is for Wilted *  MockSwede   Oct-03-04 02:01 PM   #72 
  - Trying to lower expectations...don't help them.  Teaser   Oct-03-04 02:01 PM   #73 
  - That's right. Bush remains a master-de-bater.  crunchyfrog   Oct-03-04 03:33 PM   #99 
  - Here's why  seraph   Oct-03-04 02:10 PM   #78 
  - Yes, that is how Norah explained it ....as "soft" supporters.  kentuck   Oct-03-04 02:26 PM   #86 
  - then kerry should go himself  bullimiami   Oct-03-04 02:13 PM   #79 
  - Debating is....HARD WORK!!!  ollie3   Oct-03-04 02:26 PM   #87 
  - Howdy, Ollie  wryter2000   Oct-03-04 03:59 PM   #110 
  - IF the chimp*  freddie57   Oct-03-04 02:38 PM   #88 
  - Caught between the ROCK and a Very Hard Place....Of course he  opihimoimoi   Oct-03-04 02:56 PM   #93 
  - No doubt, they will do what they think is in their best interest....  kentuck   Oct-03-04 02:48 PM   #89 
  - Well if he can't defend himself from John Kerry in a debate,  wildeyed   Oct-03-04 02:51 PM   #91 
  - What happens when you sit on a lead...  Davis_X_Machina   Oct-03-04 03:17 PM   #98 
  - Forget the swagger and the sourpuss pursed lips...  BlueNomad   Oct-03-04 03:54 PM   #106 
  - SURRENDER MONKEY...  Flubadubya   Oct-03-04 04:01 PM   #111 
  - lol - shit eating surrender monkey.  TrustingDog   Oct-03-04 08:43 PM   #139 
  - "questions from more friendly questioners"  nolabels   Oct-03-04 04:01 PM   #112 
  - Norah is just testing the waters for KKKarl  Supersedeas   Oct-03-04 04:05 PM   #113 
  - Norah O'Donnell did everything she could to excuse the Chimp's performance  Stephanie   Oct-03-04 04:39 PM   #117 
  - If he does, I believe it's time to hammer him with "Chicken George"  deutsey   Oct-03-04 04:57 PM   #119 
  - "W" is for Wishy-Washy Wimpy Wussy-Pussy!  Oregonian   Oct-03-04 07:17 PM   #120 
  - "W" is for Willie the Wimp n/t  Kingshakabobo   Oct-03-04 07:35 PM   #124 
  - this may be screamingly obvious but...  Clinton Crusader   Oct-03-04 07:20 PM   #121 
  - aWol Again?  Hubert Flottz   Oct-03-04 07:23 PM   #122 
  - Rove & Co are probably weighing the pros and cons if this right now....  XanthaS   Oct-03-04 07:33 PM   #123 
  - That would be beautiful!  phish420   Oct-03-04 07:45 PM   #127 
  - the townhall is only open to those who sign loyalty oaths-Welcome to  Supersedeas   Oct-03-04 08:08 PM   #128 
  - They already skewed debate #2  SoCalDemocrat   Oct-03-04 08:08 PM   #129 
  - The WH astrologer is telling him not to go...seriously, if he DOES  Gloria   Oct-03-04 08:20 PM   #130 
  - Ooo-ooo...that's some bad shit to cope with....  kentuck   Oct-03-04 08:23 PM   #131 
  - Great News, Gloria...thanks for the heads up! I was hoping for something  KoKo01   Oct-03-04 10:50 PM   #156 
  - The Chimp-In-The-Bubble can't survive in any real-life environment...  rezmutt   Oct-03-04 08:49 PM   #142 
  - The shrub just can't quite get it up for a good session of  Prisoner_Number_Six   Oct-03-04 09:03 PM   #146 
  - I will be collecting bets in the Lounge, once this is confirmed n/t  librechik   Oct-03-04 09:12 PM   #148 
  - For real?? they don't want "hostile" questions?  Caliphoto   Oct-03-04 09:14 PM   #149 
  - Bush needs this more than Kerry, why would he cancel  Doosh   Oct-03-04 09:18 PM   #150 
  - as fun as this thread is,  Vote_Clark_In_WI   Oct-03-04 09:21 PM   #151 
  - This is un-effing believable! CAN'T THESE PUKES PLAY FAIR!  johnnyrocket   Oct-03-04 09:52 PM   #152 
  - I truly hate that chickenshit coward  mitchum   Oct-03-04 10:07 PM   #153 
  - Too late  DemFromMem   Oct-03-04 10:12 PM   #154 
  - I doubt it'll happen, but  deadparrot   Oct-03-04 10:39 PM   #155 
  - This is Rove lowering expectations and planting the seed that the Qs are  mgdecombe   Oct-03-04 11:13 PM   #157 
  - Any links to articles post-debate mentioning a possible cancellation?  Roland99   Oct-04-04 08:50 AM   # 
  - Bawk bawk bawwwwk! Chickenshit George. Bawk bawk bawwwk!  frankzappa   Oct-04-04 08:50 AM   #158 
  - Patience, patience everyone. Don't let them lower expectations!  MallRat   Oct-04-04 10:36 AM   #161 
  - Mark my words... there will be no second debate  Carni   Oct-04-04 10:45 AM   #164 
 

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