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Awsi Dooger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 05:24 AM
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1. Devastating concession: for once I agree with jackass Pat Cadell
Immediately after the debate Cadell said Democrats were scrambling for a gimmick, hence the candidacy of Wesley Clark the savior general.

Indeed. All year I've been sensing a weird "dosage index" pursuit for the proper pedigree to defeat Bush, instead of merely isolating the best guy, period. We despise the war and Bush is vulnerable there so our champion is Howard Dean. But we need a veteran war hero to combat the national security concerns so there's John Kerry and all his medals. Better yet an actual field general to measure up GW and renounce him for the National Guard desertion, so as long as Clark says he's a Democrat that's wonderful!

As a longtime Las Vegas sports handicapper, it reminds me of all the scattergun rationale I hear from the most reliably innacurate bettors, grasping at every bizarre angle instead of identifying which team is better, how much and why.

John Edwards is the most attractive, charismatic and genuine. He can do more to attract unlikey allies with one speech and smile than others can manage in a relentless week. Edwards' nomination is the genuine fear of numerous Republican pundits and strategists, not because they bullshit but because it makes perfect sense. Kerry's or Clark's pull with vets is fractional and uncertain. Given the nomination and its limelight, that Edwards can charm and tug is beyond reasonable denial.

Over the years I have put together more than a dozen debate-watching forums with generally disinterested voters, friends of mine. Admittedly that has been to aid in political wagering. But you would not believe how obvious it is that looks, personality, spark, demeanor and an upbeat outlook mean geometrically more to that type of critical swing voter than policy garbage. We ignore that at our own peril, i.e. four more years of George Bush.
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