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The GOP in NYC: Day 4

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Day 3 Recap:

- It was revealed last night that the undisclosed location Dick Cheney has been known to frequent was actually the dark side of the moon, so removed from reality was his assessment of the successes thus far of the Bush administration. After polishing the President's non-existent laurels, he launched into a mean spirited attack on John Kerry that was dishonest, dishonorable, and, alas, highly effective.

- Zell Miller completed his conversion to the Dark Side and cemented his reputation as an embittered old redneck with an axe to grind, as he delivered a foam-flecked diatribe against John Kerry in particular, the Democratic Party in general, and Yankee liberals just for the hell of it.

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- Antsy Dems continued to push Kerry to retaliate in kind to Republican attacks. Kerry is said to be studying the issue. After all, on one hand attacking Bush may help. On the other hand, attacking Bush may not help. On the other, other hand... Oh, those blasted nuances!

Day 4 Preview:

- The mainstream press will tip it's hand tomorrow with the type of coverage they give to the Cheney/Miller diatribes. If the speeches are characterized as "pointing out sharp differences", for example, rather than "attacks", the press may be turning on Kerry.

- George W. Bush gives his acceptance speech. A fun drinking game might involve downing a shot every time he fumbles a line, or says "tax cuts". Teetotalers can drink every time he mentions Osama Bin Laden (trust us, won't happen).

- The whole miserable thing finally comes to an end. Oh, wait, there are still two months of campaigning to go. Wanna bet the level of discourse rises out of the gutter and approaches something like the substantive, issues-oriented debate on big ideas that is so necessary for a vibrant, healthy democracy? Didn't think so.

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Also: Are Republican attacks really unfair, underhanded cheap shots? Or are we just Exhibit A in the case of the whiny liberal press? You tell us.