TWO DEBATES?….Apparently Bush is wobbling on whether he’s willing to participate in three debates this fall. A couple of his aides are hinting that maybe two debates are enough.
Since Bush wobbles on practically everything except for taxes and Iraq, this is no big surprise. On the other hand, despite the conventional wisdom I think Bush actually does pretty well in debates, so I’m not quite sure why he’s thinking of avoiding them this year. Best guess: as the RNC convention confirmed (and as his campaign staff has been saying all along), this year’s strategy is to forget the middle and focus like a laser on the base. Debates, by their nature, are aimed at the median voter, and it may be that Bush just doesn’t want to be put in a position where he has to moderate his message and take the chance of alienating the red meat crowd.