Saturday, October 09, 2004

Got Wood?

Interesting debate last night. Those town hall questions would have challenged all but the most Clintonesque debaters.

Kerry's answers and deameanor were solid and comforting in their thoughtfulness. He was a little less smooth than the last debate, so I might take him from a 9 to an 8 on my gut-o-meter (a ten-point scale). Bush was much improved from two weeks ago. My gut-o-meter had him moving from a 4 during the last debate to about a 7 last night. And it would seem that "not sucking as bad" signifies success for Bush supporters. I wish we had higher expectations for our president. Of course, if truthful self-awareness is important to you, then the lumber company thing might bring the score down some.

Refuting Bush's numbers regarding how many small businesses will be effected by Kerry's plans for keeping jobs here, the conversation went like this (From

"But let me just address what the president just said.

Ladies and gentlemen, that's just not true what he said. The Wall Street Journal said 96 percent of small businesses are not affected at all by my plan.

And you know why he gets that count? The president got $84 from a timber company that owns, and he's counted as a small business. Dick Cheney's counted as a small business. That's how they do things. That's just not right.

BUSH: I own a timber company?


That's news to me.


Need some wood?

(LAUGHTER)" End of quote

Well, it turns out Bush actually was part owner of a timber company. But he decided to mislead the public and then made things worse by attempting to insult the person who was right by joking about his lie. Hmmm...misleads the public then makes inappropriate jokes. Remember when Bush made that hilarious slide presentation of him in the Oval office looking for WMDs under the furniture while more of our troops were being killed each day during their genuine search for WMDs? It's that good-humored folksy style that has endeared him to the rest of the world.

Here are some possible audience answers to Bush's jokey "Need some wood?" question:

Ha-ha. Do they cut the wood from your nose, Pinnochio?

Ha-ha. No, thank you. I can't afford it.

Ha-ha. No thanks, you might need it to make weapons for troop training.

Ha-ha. Seriously though. You'd make a better wood salesman than a president.

Ha-ha. Can I use it to club fags and their kids?

Ha-ha. No, but I'll need some later. How close are you to running THAT company into the ground.


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