George W. Bush's frequent sniffs during Wednesday's debate may become the new overanalyzed candidate gesture, replacing the sighs of Al Gore. Matt Drudge counted them, coming up with 26. I received an e-mail from someone who blames cedar fever for the sniffling: "Almost everyone in Austin has it after a few years. When the mountain cedar release their pollen, it rests in the mucus membranes of our respiratory systems and causes runny noses and post-nasal drip. One's options are then 1) take an antihistimine and be sleepy/stupid, or 2) sniff and cough a lot. Central Texans are so accustomed to this that we pay it no attention. I recognized it the moment I saw him in the debate. Pretty soon, he will have a little red area above his upper lip. He is more to be pitied than censured."

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