The Corner

What About W?

An observation at this point about the first half of the debate, on foreign affairs — John Kerry was mentioned, attacked and defended, repeatedly. Edwards rarely mentioned George W. Bush, didn’t question the president’s judgment directly and by name. Bad idea. The voters won’t turn out Bush because of attacks on Dick Cheney. As long as the debate as about whether John Kerry is weak, inconsistent, and on the wrong side of defense issues for 30 years, Bush is winning. Edwards is an effective litigator but he’s been putting the wrong defendant on trial and playing too much defense.

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