It was a pen, but not just any pen…. this pen:

On a more serious note, here was the response released from the Kerry campaign:

October 4, 2004 — Was John Kerry trying to pull something at the debate last week?
That question was burning up the Internet yesterday after a slo-mo review of the footage showed the Massachusetts senator taking an object out of his right pocket before the first question.

Was it a cheat sheet ? as some conservative bloggers claimed ? or was it something innocuous?

Either way, it would violate the debate rules agreed to by both campaigns: “No props, notes . . . or other tangible things may be brought into the debate.”

Many blogs offered links to the “Pocket-gate” footage. One, INDC Journal, even posted frame-by-frame stills purporting to show Kerry pulling out a notecard and placing it onto the podium.

But the mystery was solved when The Post reviewed a Fox News Channel feed from Thursday’s debate: Kerry pulled out . . . a black pen.

Kerry campaign spokesman David Wade remained angry at the bloggers’ guilt-by-insinuation.

“The right-wing attack machine will say anything to steal a debate do-over,” he said.

“We plead guilty to having a pen.”

The Bush campaign did not comment.

With the Bush Administration painting a rosey picture of Iraq, lets take a look at what other people are saying about it. This one in particular interests me (and is partly in response to Eric’s comment on the political cartoons). From Baghdad A Wall Street…

The Republicans are scared. So scared they have started making up stories. These two have come out in the last few days. Did Kerry have a Cheat Sheet? This article claims Kerry had a cheat sheet during the Debates based on a blurry picture wehre…

Everyone knows those famous lines uttered by Bush in the debates last week. He was talking about how Poland is a great ally and Kerry kept forgetting about Poland. Well, it seems Poland would like to forget Iraq. They are pulling out their troops. Read…

I really like this look, so maybe I’ll actually keep it longer than a week. It’s also better than nucleuscms and blogcms in my opinion.