Is There a Double Standard?

It's fine to go after the teacher's pet, but no fun harassing the class cutup

In debate two, Gore did not boast and Bush didn't coast. The Governor even brought up East Timor voluntarily--a country whose inhabitants a few months ago he called Timorians--successfully deploying knowledge of the one to suggest knowledge of the whole. For his part, Gore had to forgo his brute-force game and, like a player coached out of a bad backhand but without time to develop a new one, he was left with no swing at all. He agreed with Bush on just about everything, including the Golden Rule, and committed no new anecdotal crimes.

But Bush benefited from a double standard....

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