So last night was the Cheney/Edwards debate. In the course of the affair Cheney (in response to something that escapes me at the moment) asserted that "I have not suggested there's a connection between Iraq and 9/11." The problem with this sentiment , as anyone who's been conscious in the US over the last several years knows, is that IT JUST ISN'T TRUE
. Cheney has asserted on numerous occasions that Hussein was strongly linked to the events of 9/11. I found myself thinking in the debate aftermath that Cheney certainly has to know, I know what he said. So why would he say it? The only explanation I can see is that Cheney has utter disdain for the intelligence of the average voter, has utter disdain for the intellect or seriousness of the people listening. This should make you angry where ever you stand on the poltical spectrum. If you're even just ambivalent on Kerry, vote Cheney out of office as a sign of protest - as your attempt to say "Listen Dick. I'm an adult, treat me like one." For more on this, and other post-debate spin, check Josh Marshall
UPDATE - There's been a sizable amount written at many other political sites about the line that was undoubtedly expected to be one of the Republican slogans as we come down the home stretch. After asserting that, in his capacity as president of the Senate he was on the hill most Tuesdays, Cheny remarked, "The first time I ever met you was when you walked on the stage tonight", suggesting, of course, Edwards hadn't been showing up.
This is a lie on two levels.
1. Cheney had met Edwards on more than one prior occasion and the pictures exist to prove it (follow this link
to Tim Noah at Slate or this
to Kevin Drums entry on the topic).
2. Over the last several years at the Senate Cheney has presided over only 2 of a possible 129 Tuesdays. This, as it happens, is as many days as Edwards has presided