October 06, 2004


The Age’s Marian Wilkinson covers George W. Bush’s Iowa campaign visit:

There was no trace of the scowling, growling candidate who scared children during last week's presidential debate when he faced his rival John Kerry and came off second best.

Name a single child frightened by Bush’s "scowling and growling", Marian. Besides yourself, I mean.

Posted by Tim Blair at October 6, 2004 04:02 AM

Why, that Bush is almost cartoonishly evil isn't he? ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: gaz at October 6, 2004 at 04:17 AM

The hero of Cambodia, John Kerry has killed children. Do you think the kids will find that reassuring?

Posted by: pajama_jihad at October 6, 2004 at 04:18 AM

The logic is impossible to deny:

A) Children frighten (comparatively) easily.

B) A very large number of children worldwide must have seen the debates.


C) Some large number of children were frightened by at least some part of the debates.

thus it is very likely that

D) At least two children were at some point frightened by Bush.


See? True but irrelevant and stupid!

Posted by: Sigivald at October 6, 2004 at 04:32 AM

During the debate, my son was utterly inconsolable. I blame Bush.

Of course, he was 6 weeks old at the time. But I still blame Bush.

Posted by: Andrew at October 6, 2004 at 04:48 AM

I know I'm frightened. But I really think it's because of all these moonbats coming out of the woodwork. The bugkiller isn't working. How scary is that?

Posted by: Rebecca at October 6, 2004 at 04:55 AM

Wait, I thought he was last being criticized for smirking. Now he was scowling?

Posted by: Emily at October 6, 2004 at 04:56 AM

Puh-lease! Name one child watching the debate. Voluntarily.

Posted by: Mikey at October 6, 2004 at 04:56 AM

What a witless utterance. I expect she gets a paycheck because the editors pity her, and can't stand to throw out on the street, as she so clearly deserves.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at October 6, 2004 at 04:56 AM


Maybe you're right- my child was drafted into watching. Her take: Bush looked fed-up but sincere, and Kerry covered over his poor points with wordiness and hand gesticulations (did she see his French mime act?). She also noted his big hair, but says stylistic criticisms shouldn't be germane, only the substantive.

Sometimes children can be Lord of the Flies, and other times...

Posted by: charlotte at October 6, 2004 at 05:00 AM

At least Bush is capable of facial expressions!

Posted by: Botox me, Baby!!! at October 6, 2004 at 05:20 AM

You can divert a scared child with milk or a snack. Explain to them that it's make-believe.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at October 6, 2004 at 07:39 AM

This is off topic but I need some evidence. One of my left-wing professors (left-wing? My God, who'd have thought!) has been indoctrinating my english class, and whenever I challenge him, he asks for my proof while never giving his own (he says despite CBS "stupidity", he still thinks their questions were "valid", so apparently proof isn't a big deal to him). He's attempting to say that the claims made by the Swift Vets have been "exaggerated", but I know that thus far none of their statements have been successfully rebuked, nor does he believe that Kerry was attempting to avoid combat by joining the Navy. He's also saying that Bush has lied to reporters by disclosing all his military documents but that reporters are not satisfied and claim he hasn't released "what they want." I need the evidence that Kerry is a coward, that the SwifVets' claims are true, and that Bush has released all his records. I'm already researching the Iraq War to counter his claims (apparently its just fine that he doesn't have sources but that Republicans should) about that, as he's comparing it to--guess what--VIETNAM, but I could use help on refuting his other delusions. Please email me or post here. Thanks.

Posted by: Patrick at October 6, 2004 at 08:08 AM

Bush's facial expressions were caused because, unlike most Americans, he was actually listening to what Kerry said. My understanding is that they are working with him to help him realize that no one actually listens to what Kerry says. He should do much better in the next debate if he keeps that in mind.

Posted by: Mahatma at October 6, 2004 at 08:16 AM

"I need the evidence that Kerry is a coward, that the SwifVets' claims are true, and that Bush has released all his records."

I can't provide all that, but you can point out that Kerry has not released his full military records, nor his tax records. (neither of which is mandatory but is common practice for those running for President.)

Posted by: Mike S. at October 6, 2004 at 08:23 AM

Kerry really is beginning to look like the manchurian candidate of the nutty left.

Posted by: Joe at October 6, 2004 at 08:43 AM

Patrick: Kerry has refused to sign Form 180 which would release all his military records but instead has cherry picked them. I believe there is about 100 pages he has not disclosed. Instead of signing Form 180,Bush issued an executive order releasing his records. You could ask your prof. if he read the SwiftVet Book. I sincerely doubt it. The left always likes to bring up the fact that Chaney had 5 deferrals. But, Kerry applied and received 4 deferrals. His fifth one to go to France was denied. He then enlisted so he could go into the Navy and avoid the infantry. His first tour of duty was on a ship on the coast of Viet Nam. It was never in combat. When he signed up for the swift boats, they also did coastal patrol and were not involved in combat. For tactical purposes, I would not label Kerry a coward when you debate your teacher. Just argue that he was not the hero he purports to be. I suggest you check out Beldar's blog. He has numerous point by point refutations with sourcws of Kerry's military service record. Good luck.

Posted by: julie at October 6, 2004 at 09:03 AM

Patrick: Make that point by point sources.

Posted by: julie at October 6, 2004 at 09:05 AM

Patrick you might ask the prof. EXACTLY WHICH claims have been "exaggerated". Chances are-he can't. That's a favorite trick from the left. Put him up against that wall. During your research please note that he has already caved on some of his claims-Cambodia,etc. What does this say about his credibility regarding any other claims. Shift the burden of proof to the prof.

Posted by: YoJimbo at October 6, 2004 at 09:58 AM

Patrick, you could check out the Swifties web site -- http://www.swiftvets.com/.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at October 6, 2004 at 10:31 AM

Patrick -- go to

Captain's Quarters They have some killer threads on Kerry Nam Lies...

Posted by: richard mcenroe at October 6, 2004 at 10:58 AM

Marian Wilkinson's coverage over the election is hilarious, in an age when anyone can now log on to news from big US media or bloggers, the selective information she filters through to The Age readers underlines dramatically the bias of that rag.

Posted by: Monco at October 6, 2004 at 11:07 AM

One of my left-wing professors (left-wing? My God, who'd have thought!) has been indoctrinating my english class

Patrick, you might also ask that your fucking English professor teaches the fucking subject that we pay his fucking salary to teach.

Nah, don't listen to me, I dropped out of college rather than endure that kind of crap.

Posted by: Sortelli at October 6, 2004 at 12:09 PM

"Maybe you're right- my child was drafted into watching."

So was mine, but he fled to Canada and smoked dope instead.

Posted by: Torre at October 6, 2004 at 12:36 PM

If I was a little kid, I'dve been more scared of that Frankenstein/Lurch-looking creature that was debating Bush.

Posted by: Patrick Banks at October 7, 2004 at 03:00 AM

If she thought Bush's expressions were scary during the debate, she should have watched mine while I was listening to Kerry's bloviating. Paint was peeling from the walls, the upholstery was smoking, and birds were falling stone dead in mid flight.

I thought President Bush contained himself very well in the face of extreme provocation from the torrents of nonsense Kerry was spewing.

Posted by: Bugz at October 7, 2004 at 08:49 AM