Doug Giles

John Kerry is one smooth operator.  In the first debate between President Bush and the Senator, Kerry was winsome, calm, well-spoken and semi-believable.  It?s hard to admit, but from a style standpoint, Kerry beat Bush.

Kerry?s Queer Eye for the Democratic Guy handlers must have been giddy.  His botoxed and over-tanned hide coupled with his freshly manicured fingers and his adept ability to verbally cross his t?s and dot his ?I?s? made for slick political theater.  I?m sure it duly impressed the private schoolies in TV la-la-land and possibly swayed some swing voters who are moved by such oratorical and ocular obfuscation.

Bush was ? Bush.  If you were looking for television eye candy and Demosthenes-like diatribe from President Bush during the first debate, you were disappointed.  He was his typical to-the-point self:  fish or cut bait.  After spending a full day in my great state of Florida, visiting hurricane victims [while Kerry was getting all gussied up with his manicurist], Bush looked semi-bored and perturbed with this ?debate? with JFK, too. 

He just couldn?t shed the ?Why are you bothering me while I?m trying to run this nation and fight a war, you pathetically over-primped Yankee?? look on his face.  It was reminiscent of how my champion pit bulls looked with yawning contempt at our neighbor?s over-quaffed, perfumed and manicured yapping Yorkies. 

Let me help any P.C. folks not from Texas understand my fellow Texan, George W. Bush.  When a Texan feels he?s around a weasel, it?s hard to keep those feelings from contorting his face and wearing his patience very thin. 

Even though Bush could?ve been a tad more TV-friendly, Kerry?s craft wasn?t enough to cause me to have temporary amnesia.  Kerry?s applaudable Clintonesque ability to make love to the camera wasn?t sufficient to make me mentally white out his two decade long senatorial voting history and believe now that he is the decisive tough guy that he?s trying to pawn off on the public. 

It is just too difficult for me to accept as gospel that he will do anything different militarily as president, from what he has talked about during his long hiatus as a Senator. 

One has to do mental gymnastics to square Kerry?s past, anti-defense Senate voting record with his present John Kerry, Terrorist Slayer sales job. With such an abysmal defense record, coupled with his insistence we?re in the wrong war, at the wrong place, at the wrong time and the war in Iraq is a grand diversion, I don?t hear strong leader.

Doug Giles

Doug Giles is the Big Dawg at and the Co-Owner of The Safari Cigar Company. Follow him onFacebook and Twitter. And check out his new book, Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation.