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October 02, 2004

Best Dallas Morning News Retort in Awhile

By Byron LaMasters

Not surprising anyone, the Dallas Morning News called the debate for Bush in their Friday editorial:

Great Debate: Bush wins by not losing

The only truly surprising thing about last night's presidential debate was how good it was.

Crisp, authoritative and articulate, both George W. Bush and John Kerry were at the top of their respective games. We call it a draw. But because Mr. Kerry did not get the breakout performance that he needs to turn this race around heading into the homestretch, the president won by not losing.

This letter responds best to the Dallas Morning News wingnuttery:

What did you watch?

Re: "Great Debate – Bush wins by not losing," Friday Editorial.

"Bush wins by not losing?" Is this what America wants or needs: a pass/fail presidency?

John Kerry was specific and concrete with facts and figures, to which George Bush's only answer was: "Well, it's hard work." Mr. Kerry made it clear that he's a straight-talking man concerned with our security. He made it clear that he understands the implications of strategic foreign policy in ways that George Bush does not now and never will.

And the best The Dallas Morning News can do is surrender to the soft bigotry of lowered expectations. The president won the debate by not losing? I certainly don't feel safe having a president whose only success is avoiding utter failure.

Tena Hollingsworth, Dallas

Ahh, I love it. Throwing the conservative "soft bigotry of lowered expectations" line right back at 'em.

And as for the Dallas Morning News, they ought to take a look at the latest Newsweek poll. Sludge tells us that Newsweek's polling gives Kerry a two to three point lead.

Posted by Byron LaMasters at October 2, 2004 04:36 PM | TrackBack


I'll bet that's the Tena who guest-posts at Atrios.

Posted by: Charles Kuffner at October 2, 2004 07:47 PM

Yes, this is the same Tena. She and fellow Atrios alumni Athenae and Holden Have their own blog now:

http:// www.first-draft DOT com

Sorry about the text only URL without a link. The comment software is refusing to take the link HTML tag and calling it questionable content.

Posted by: NoisyGong at October 2, 2004 11:40 PM

There was something else of note on the same page as Tena's letter (I believe it was Saturday's edition). In their "thumbs up" "thumbs down" quick hit editorial, (the actual title of the feature escapes me right now), the DMN gave Kerry a thumbs down for kicking China out of talks with N. Korea by engaging in bilateral talks with Krazy Kim. In fact Kerry said quite the opposite. He said speaking directly with N. Korea was necessary - but would still involve China, Japan, and South Korea in pressuring them.

It was only Bush that maintained that by communicating directly with the N. Koreans would we lose the rest of the coalition. He never said how or why that would happen, just that it would. The DMN took George Bush's words and inserted them directly into Kerry's mouth.

Posted by: brooks at October 4, 2004 09:44 AM
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