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  •  Gwen's tactic too? (none)
    Gwen even asked Edwards if he took Cheney's remarks about lawyers "personally."   She appeared to be prodding him to get upset one way or another.  But he didn't bite.   He laughed and launched into clarifying how frivilous lawsuits were bad, but that they made up "half of one percent" of the rise in health care costs and that there were many more issues in health care that needed more discussion.  Went on to talk about their plans...

    I had expected him to say either yes or no and explain, but instead he deflected rather than defended-- he completely brushed off any suggestion of a personal reaction.  Didn't even dignify it with a direct response.  
    But it was weird that she brought it up.

    "There's nothing like waking up... getting a cup of coffee and getting in the pickup truck and driving around looking at the cows." --GW Bush

    by JOyODurham on Wed Oct 06, 2004 at 12:39:32 AM PDT

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    •  Ifill Was Terrible (none)
      And you know what?  My expectations are so low that I hardly noticed.  I half expected her to ask Edwards, "If Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered...."  In a lot of ways my favorite moment in the debate was when Cheney had to answer the idiotic question about Edwards's qualifications.  Ifill even gave Dr. Evil pause!

      In a "safe" state? Consider a vote for David Cobb, the Green Party's candidate for President.

      by GreenSooner on Wed Oct 06, 2004 at 03:40:31 AM PDT

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      •  I think Ifill's performance is worth discussing. (none)
        I wrote a diary on it last night, but it got scrollled through quickly.  

        I think she turned a lot of people off politics last night by encouraging a petty, largely irrellevant debate.

        •  I don't know that she (none)
          turned people off politics, but she certainly reinforced the perception that teevee talking heads are mindless and concerned with personalities and other petty things.  If I could use the words "television" and "journalism" in the same sentence without laughing myself sick, I would say that she was a discredit to her profession with her performance last night.

          However, I don't know that anyone really expected better, either.

          "Good pitching will always stop good hitting, and vice versa." (Casey Stengel)

          by cinnamondog on Wed Oct 06, 2004 at 07:30:48 AM PDT

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