Bush as Gore

Yes, those facial expressions were noticed.

I was wondering whether anyone would pick up on Bush’s constant grimacing during the debate. It seemed pretty egregious to me, but then Reagan’s senior moment in his last debate with Mondale seemed pretty egregious, too, and as far as I can tell it was never mentioned in the press. I didn’t see much mention of it last night.

Today, however, is different. Here’s CNN’s Morning Grind:

Kerry won

By John Mercurio

CNN Political Unit

CORAL GABLES, Florida (CNN) — If there’s one thing President Bush should know to avoid in debates, it’s the audible sigh. And the eye-rolling. Yet there he was last night, doing his best Al Gore, as most TV networks ran those forbidden cutaway shots that hurt him as much as John Kerry did.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com