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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Monday, October 04, 2004

    Job One for the No. 2s 

    Case Western Reserve University has invested (with the help of some of its friends) more than $4 million in playing host to tomorrow night's vice presidential debate. University President Edward Hundert says it is worth the money to put on this great, big civics lesson and get Case Western and Cleveland on the map in the process. He might just be right but through an unseen turn of events more than good planning.

    After President Bush growled and scowled his way through the first of three presidential debates with Sen. John Kerry, the Republicans need for Cheney to reassert the ticket as one as sure of itself as it always sounds. It won't be easy. Cheney's growling can make his boss seem like a whimperer. But Cheney is knowledgeable (Ohioblog would argue that he and Karl Rove make up the left and right halves of Bush's brain) and the need to refocus on Team Bush should he inspire and inform his effort.

    His opponent, Sen. John Edwards, will be in the first one-on-one debate of his career. He has been critized by some Democrats for not being aggressive enough, and at the table (they'll be seated with moderator Gwin Ifill of PBS) with him will be a politician who can tear the hide off an armadillo if the situation requires. Good hair won't get Edwards through this. His trail attorney instincts can.

    This may still be the Surrogate Bowl, but the runners-up have talent and the stakes are heighten. Hundert and Case Western set up a blind date through the Commission on Presidential Debates and got lucky.

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 10:20 AM

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