Deep Underground with Raul Groom

Friday, October 15, 2004

Is Bush Wired? has it just about right today. The most overwhelming evidence - not proof, mind you, but evidence - that Bush Is Wired is not the bulge in his back but the fact that people do not look like that when they are trying to think of what to say next.

It actually reminds me of a spy novel I read where there was a guy who was being watched, and the way he knew he was being watched was that the CIA agent (or whatever) was trying to use talking on a pay phone as his cover for spying on this guy, the protagonist. What busted him was that a person pretending to talk on a pay phone does not resemble in the slightest a person actually talking on a pay phone. It's very easy to tell the difference because when the bona fide phone talker is listening, he looks down and his eyes lose focus, while the faker, whenever he isn't speaking, looks around at his surroundings.

Indeed, if you watch Bush in the third debate, he did the looking down and staring thing constantly. It was clear, to me at least, that he was listening to something. The key foil to this was Kerry - Kerry got lost a couple times and had to think for a second to get back on track. But a person who is doing that is obviously going through a progression in his mind, searching, he isn't just staring into space waiting for something to pop into his head.

Now, I don't expect this to convince anyone who already didn't pretty much believe Bush was wired. But I'll tell you what - before I watched the third debate, I felt vaguely guilty that I believed it.

No more.

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