by Duckman GR
The VP debate. What we got was a rather vivid picture of what the two men are about. cheney is a brutish, ugly man, prone to slurs and personal attacks, simply as a way to intimidate his opponent. Senator John Edwards is an optimistic, determined, and truly hard working man, a man who shows concern and support for the vast majority of Americans, a man interested in making things better for this country.
Oh, and Big Time lies! Atrios has the pic, of course, as do others, but it bears repeating. What's amazing to me is the contempt he shows with this lie. And why, knowing that its going to get factchecked.something or other?
I think Senator Edwards was a bit surprised by the rather pointless insinuation that they had never met. First of all, BT spends a lot of time in undisclosed locations. Edwards spends time in unreported locations. Just a backhanded slap at John, but revealing.
And how did the fine young Senator respond? Because the attack was launched kinda out of the blue, a rehearsed bit to show that Kerry and Edwards aren't "working hard" like Dick and Fredo*, and done as a 90 second response so that Edwards might not be able to respond before the next question went to Dick.
But Gwen gave him 30 seconds. Not 2 minutes, not 90 seconds, 30 seconds. Dick got scorched. Guess what, Dick voted against feeding old people.
IFILL: Senator Edwards, it's your turn to use 30 seconds for a complicated response...
EDWARDS: That was a complete distortion of my record. I know that won't come as a shock.
The vice president, I'm surprised to hear him talk about records. When he was one of 435 members of the United States House, he was one of 10 to vote against Head Start, one of four to vote against banning plastic weapons that can pass through metal detectors.
He voted against the Department of Education. He voted against funding for Meals on Wheels for seniors. He voted against a holiday for Martin Luther King. He voted against a resolution calling for the release of Nelson Mandela in South Africa.
It's amazing to hear him criticize either my record or John Kerry's.
IFILL: Thirty seconds.
CHENEY: Oh, I think his record speaks for itself. And frankly, it's not very distinguished.
And Dick is proud of this: We also dropped 5 million people totally off the federal income tax rolls, so they no longer have to pay any federal income tax at all.
Why were they dropped from the tax rolls, I mean, what does that really signify? They can't afford to even pay their biblical tithe, 10 percent. Why. Probably because they either don't have a job, or work part time for minimum wage, or work for wal mart. And cheney is proud of this statistic!?!?!
Him, bush, their cronies, they just have no real concept of reality. Things are not fine in Iraq. The economy is not turning over like a Mercedes. And we have a mean, out of touch, vengeful bastard and a bumbling, incoherent, child/man driving the bus.
And just for yet another bit of cheney hypocrisy, check this one out. Those frivolous lawsuits, doncha know, are ruining this country. To wit:
The Michigan Republican Party has asked four county prosecutors to file charges against Moore, charging that his get-out-the-vote stunt amounts to bribery.
Nothing frivolous there, oh no. Well, maybe a little, they've wasted some time those prosecutors could be using to, oh, I don't know, PROSECUTE CRIMINALS!!
Like bush, cheney, rice, rumsfield, delay et al.
*Fredo Corleone: It ain't the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect!