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Saturday, October 07, 2006

That Feeble Debate

Sure didn’t leave any blood on the floor. I was looking for something more like the monkey knife fights on Homer’s cruise ship. The Kinkster stayed on his feet, but maybe he should have poured a few Jamesons down his neck before he got on stage. Time is short, Kinky’s got to get back to his schtick, which is pissing people off. If he can’t stay on the front page for the next three weeks, he’s not going to finish in the money.
Which leads me to the unthinkable: Governor, remember The Duke in “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence?” If you don’t gain traction in the next weeks, would you consider endorsing the Democratic candidate so as to spare us further ravages from the evil Rick Perry? It might be the cowboy way to shepherd us to better government.


At 11:16 AM , Blogger liquiddaddy said...

I agree. The two representatives from the dark side were just to slick. Perry made no mistakes. Kinky lacked command of the basic facts. He should have been prepared for the lottery and future cabinate question from DMN, and knocked it out of the park.

As for endorsements, I don't know. Part of me wants Bell to finish last so that effite D-establishment crowd are confronted with how weak they have become as a party.

I endorse change.

At 1:03 PM , Blogger Vince Leibowitz said...

Perry did make mistakes. Look for that TTC mistake I mentioned at my blog will end up in commercials in central texas, mark myu words.

At 3:07 PM , Anonymous kinky is awesome said...

I wish I could be the first blogger-for-Kinky to graciously concede that Bell won the debate hands down, but Ian and TheLongHaul and ExColl beat me to it.

Ian graciously said:

I think most Kinky supporters, myself included, had assumed that the question wasn't "if" Kinky would win the debate, but instead by "how much". Perry is the perfect punching bag, and Kinky seemed well equipped to run circles around the status quo politicians. Debates are glorified battles of the one-liner, and it seemed silly to think that the Kinky, the master of the one-liner who had 30 years experience being on stage, could somehow fumble on his biggest night. But he did. ... The fact that Kinky couldn't name a single black guy from Texas on his staff was rather embarrassing. The fact that Kinky looked like the cranky old redneck from the Hill Country didn't help. ... The fact that Kinky was forced to say, "I agree with Bell" on this and that only helped to make Bell look like the only grown-up on stage. ... I watched the debate in Dallas with some of my old Kinky friends. I must admit that I was shocked that Bell actually got some scattered applause. Obviously, the Kinksters groaned and laughed when Bell said, "I'm a serious man with a serious plan." But other than that awkward line, I'd say Bell did what he had to do. ... congrats to Team Bell for hanging in there and delivering on the one night that mattered the most.

TheLongHaul graciously said:

Bell did a great job. The thing that helped Bell the most, was time limits. We all know how boring he can be, and how he can go on and on, but the best thing that happened to him was time limits. He will probably benefit the most from the debates.... Kinky needed to come out strong and present himself as a valid candidate in order to break away from the pack. I don't think he did as well as he could have, but I don't feel he will lose many votes.

ExColl graciously said:

In my unbiased, professional/amateur opinion, the winner was clearly…. Chris Bell. ?!?! Yes, I said it. While I still support Kinky, I have to say he was not his normal self at the debate. Chris Bell, on the other hand proved that he was, despite contrary reports, alive. He did have the best line of the debate. When asked if he knew whether there were term limits for the governor, his response ( I don’t remember the quote, but it was very close to this): “That is the single best reason to vote for me. There are no term limits for Governor and our current Governor has said if he wins this election, he will run again.” Snap!... Kinky got in a few zingers, but nothing new if you have been following him. Frankly, I was disappointed. I saw him speak at the Student Union this week, and basically he said the same things. Kinky lost an opportunity, albeit, considering the timing of the debate, not a big one.

I would like to lend my voice to Ian and TheLongHaul and ExColl. Bell won the debate convincingly. Kinky fell short of my expectations, especially on questions which Kinky should have anticipated. Plus Kinky didn't help matters much with his post debate comments "Right now, I'm still voting for myself" and "Jesse Ventura convinced me I shouldn't be for a wall because ten years from now we might want to be getting out of here."

The war isn't over, but Bell won this battle decisively. Congratulations to team Bell. Enjoy your victory because we're gonna win in November!

At 7:46 PM , Blogger Silence Dogwood said...

The Chronicle has a photo on page one. The caption notes that Perry said that he will not participate in any further debates. PBS, the League of Women Voters, and the other three candidates should proceed without him. They should hang an empty suit behind the fourth podium, because that's what Rick Perry is.

At 8:23 PM , Blogger liquiddaddy said...

and some hair gel


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