Thursday, September 30, 2004

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Who will win the debate? Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass says the winner will be whoever the media say it is.

John Kerry is orange. The late-night comedians led with it; tens of millions of Americans laughed--and the major media ignored it completely. In the Daily Standard, syndicated radio host and blogger Hugh Hewitt warns the mainstream media that they are "On Notice: Jim Lehrer and the rest of the old media should know that they have to play it straight tonight."

Little Green Footballs blogger Charles Johnson has caught CBS red-handed: after bloggers exposed the inconvenient fact that its "independent" source actually was an anti-draft activist, Johnson reported that "the following line has been added to the 'transcript' [posted online by CBS] since I first read it and linked to it earlier today: 'Beverly Cocco is so concerned she is involved with the organization 'People Against the Draft.'" And supplies the evidence: the actual before-and-after screenshots.

Power Link blogger "Deacon," aka Paul Mirengoff, quotes political consultant Michael Murphy, who claims the media have already written their new story line, effective one minute after tonight's debate ends: "Big October comeback story for John Kerry." We'll see.

Chicago Sun-Times political columnist Robert Novak supplies specific instances of Kerry "facts" that aren't. In another column, Novak discusses debate dos and don'ts.

According to Dick Morris, writing this time in The Hill, "
Kerry’s losing because he keeps punching the pillow." That is, he keeps discussing Iraq, and he can't win on that issue.

Washington Post columnist George F. Will thinks both candidates are "delusional optimists." The difference: "
By late this evening we may know whether, beyond wishful thinking, Kerry's real answer to the Iraq conundrum amounts to telling Americans to face defeat gracefully. In which case, he will have to do just that."

According to attorney Matt Hayes at
Fox News, CBS may have violated both US and Texas state law during Rathergate. (Hat tip to "Captain Ed" Morrissey/Captain's Quarters)

Demurely understated syndicated columnist Ann Coulter expresses some pleasure at Mr Kerry's declining fortunes (in the non-financial sense--at least for now): "Apparently, just like in Vietnam, it's taken Kerry only four months to piss off everyone around him."

Why can't a northern Democrat win in the South? In his first of five weekly columns for the London Guardian (huh?), Instapundit Glenn Harlan Reynolds advises that it is not due to their lack of religious faith--but because they are girlie-men on defense.

Most poll stories are snoozes, but Washington Post writers Richard Morin and Christopher Muste manage to produce an interesting one. A particularly telling statistic: "
Nearly two in three likely voters who support President Bush -- 65 percent -- said they were 'very enthusiastic' about their candidate while 42 percent of Sen. John F. Kerry's supporters express similarly high levels of enthusiasm for their choice." The conclusion: "The chasm that yawns the widest this election year is the Enthusiasm Gap."

Is it really Kerry's fault? Or is it the Democratic party's? Newsday columnist James P. Pinkerton wonders whether "The Democrats' conflicting positions on the Iraq War complicate his balancing act."

David Warren puts it in stark terms: "Anything can happen in election debates."

"Give peace a chance"? Guess which side syndicated columnist Emmett Tyrrell finds himself on in that debate.

Classical historian and essayist Victor Davis Hanson explains how the Israel-Palestine conflict is a bloody red herring.

Parody is most dangerous when it approaches plausibility. And these days, almost anything written about John Kerry appears to be plausible. Iowahawk blogger David Burge draws blood with "Kerry Stumps Behind the Cheddar Curtain."

Bradley Burston of the dovish Israeli daily Ha'aretz analyzes just what happened in "
The war that Palestine couldn't lose - and did."

Former UK Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith admits that he likes
The West Wing. Perhaps more shocking: he admits it in The (London) Guardian.

In baseball, personal statistics really do matter. Erik Spanberg of
The Christian Science Monitor has the numbers to prove it.