Did Kerry "Cheat"?

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Posted by J. J. Jackson @ 3:27 PM


We've been having a good time at Conservababes looking over footage of what appears to Be John Kerry removing 1 and maybe 2 pieces of papers from his jacket as he approached the podium before the first Presidential Debate. The question is, did John Kerry break the rules?

According to the rules agreed to by both sides:
"(c) No props, notes, charts, diagrams, or other writings or other tangible things may be brought into the debate by either candidate.

(d) Notwithstanding subparagraph 5c, the candidates may take notes during the debate on the size, color and type of paper each side prefers. Each candidate must submit to the staff of the Commission prior to the debate all such paper and any pens or pencils with which a candidate may wish to take notes during the debate, and the staff or commission will place such paper, pens and pencils on the podium, table or other structure to be used by the candidate in that debate."

If Kerry took something from his jacket and placed it on the podium himself, it is clearly a violation of the rules. But an even bigger question is why would a master debater (as some would call this master of babble) need to cheat? Some have said that they could see Kerry repeatedly looking down at his "cheat sheet" during the debate although he could have been referring to notes that he was taking and seen to be writing.

However the question of the initial notes that he removed from his jacket remains. How will Kerry explain this? Will he even try to? After all there is no tangible "punishment" that can be levied against the Senator at this time because the debate is over.

But just for the sake of fun, if Kerry does try to explain his actions here is what he might say.

Kerry: "Everything is ok. The papers were approved using the 'global test'."
Kerry: "I didn't have secret notes before I had secret notes."
Kerry: "It was only a love letter from Karen...I mean Teresa."
Kerry: "The hand is QUICKER than the eye! You saw NOTHING!"
Kerry: "Even I can't keep my flip flops straight without a cheat sheet."
Kerry: "That video has been doctored by the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy!"
Kerry: "Big Oil planted that piece of paper in my jacket. DAMN YOU HALIBURTON!"







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