Playing to Lose?

Dumb, dumb, dumb:

Why did it take so long for the Bush and Kerry campaigns to agree on a debate schedule? Sen. John Kerry had the answer for television’s Regis Philbin, who has hosted the quiz show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”

“The big hang-up was George Bush wanted to get life lines, you know, so he could call somebody,” the Democratic candidate for president quipped Tuesday while appearing on “Live With Regis and Kelly.”

No, not Bush – Kerry.

Bush has yet to lose a debate, in part because of the expectations game. Set the bar low enough, and it’s easy to look like a winner. Sure, Kerry got a good laugh from Regis & Kelly, but he also did Karl Rove a favor by helping move the bar a notch or two lower.

Man, I’d love to play poker with this guy. Cash only, though, please.