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Friday, October 15, 2004

Why Kerry Got the Debate Boost

Good Milbank analysis piece on the front of Friday's Post:

The Bush campaign's ferocious advertising campaign in the spring and summer and the Republican convention were successful at defining Kerry as a vacillating opportunist who has no coherent policy on Iraq and is spineless on terrorism. But the strategy may have worked too well, pollsters and strategists say: By turning Kerry into a cartoon, the Bush campaign created such low expectations for the senator that he easily exceeded them in the debates.

Perhaps the hand-wringing over the success of Bush's attacks was premature on our side after all. Of course, with three weeks left, this analysis is premature as well.

On a different note, the puppet terrorism spoof Team America opens today. I badly want to see it, though I may not get a chance until next week. Supposedly they had to cut out a puppet sex scene that would've gotten them an NC-17. What you could possibly do with a puppet to get that rating I have no idea. Anyway, the movie looks pretty sweet, go check the clips on the site.