Kerry's Cheat Sheet?
Matt Drudge reports that JF Kerry retrieved something from his pocket, unfolded it, and placed it on the podium in front of him after he had completed his approach. The vid doesn't lie, and a Kerry mouthpiece told Drudge Sunday: "This is more lies from Republicans, who are hoping for a quick change of subject away from the president's performance, and the new polls."
According to the debate's specific rules:
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..."Kerry put the paper on the podium.
The luster might come off Kerry's triumph. That would alter the dynamics, possibly turning the debate against the Democrat – if it were a cheat sheet. If it were something innocuous, Kerry could claim ignorance of the rules, apologize, and go off about the GOP distracting, etc.
Of course, he can always say that it was a note his late mother gave him back when he was on the high school debate club: "Dear Johnny. Don't let the liars get you down. Love, Mama Kerry." And Karl Rove is tormenting his late, beloved mother. It might be worth a Times editorial.
Looks more like a hankie than a piece of paper. And it must have been pretty hot under those lights...
I have little doubt that you are right, as it would be stupid to risk anything else, but the handkerchief had to be preapproved. Why didn't his people have such things written into the debate rules, and why didn't we see Kerry dab his face during the debate? (C-SPAN had both faces on screen throughout the debate.)
For that matter, did Dick Nixon have a hankie in the first 1960 debate against Kennedy?