Pinky vs The Brain
The Atlantic Monthly has a great article this month on the upcoming presidential debates. The author, James Fallows, has analyzed hours and hours of video of Kerry and Bush speaking, both in debates and prepared speeches.
Clearly Bush has been content to let his opponents, including the press, think him a numbskull. Even his unfortunate puzzled-chimp expression when trying to answer questions may be useful: his friends don't mind, and his enemies continue to underestimate him.
It looks like we're all set to play the low-expectation game again. If Bush manages to string together two coherent thoughts without drooling, fainting or wetting himself, we'll all heave a big sigh of relief and ignore the tall, eloquent dude with the actual policy ideas on the other side of the stage. (Oh and by the way, his running mate is a trial lawyer. Did you hear? A dirty little girl of a trial lawyer. And he kills kittens. Cute ones.)