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2004 US Presidential Election
July 08, 2004
Bush | In North Carolina, Bush Takes a Swipe at Edwards

Bush was in North Carolina yesterday, a plot of land the GOP is working very hard to keep in their column … in part by taking on the local boy, John Edwards. The NY Times has more detailed report of the Bush visit than the earlier Reuters story here.

When a questioner in Raleigh noted that Mr. Edwards had been described as charming and a “nimble campaigner” and asked Mr. Bush to compare the one-term senator to Vice President Dick Cheney, Mr. Bush snapped back: “Dick Cheney can be president. Next?”


Posted by Alan at July 8, 2004 09:52 AM | TrackBack
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Daddy Dubya would have said the selfsame thing about Dan Quayle. Now there’s a truly frightening thought!

But for Dubya and DDubya both, the VP candidate’s role is Attack Dog. It’s doubtful that Edwards will fill that role in the Kerry campaign.

Posted by: Don [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 8, 2004 10:30 AM

I’m amazed at how this story is constantly reported in a way that misses the point. Bush’s comment was in response to a question about Edwards, but it was really a swipe at Kerry: the man picked somebody based on political calculations that seem to have nothing to do with the ability to actually do the job.

Posted by: TL [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 8, 2004 10:41 AM

“Dick Cheney can be president. Next?”

It’s because he likely is president, while W is the frontman.

“the man picked somebody based on political calculations that seem to have nothing to do with the ability to actually do the job.”

Sounds like W. Son of American NE royalty, has demonstrated he can’t do the job.

Posted by: Vince [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 8, 2004 10:49 AM

Sounds like you have no idea what the hell you’re spewing about, is more like it.

Bush is NE royalty? Have you looked at who Kerry is at all?

My advice is to put down the bong and go out and get a newspaper or a magazine that deals with current events and read it.

Posted by: TL [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 8, 2004 11:08 AM

Sounds like you have no idea what the hell you’re spewing about, is more like it.

TL, this comment is neither civil nor respectful. This is your first and only warning. Keep with the comment policy. Thanks.

Posted by: Alan @ TCP [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 8, 2004 11:18 AM

I’m unaware of who Kerry is related to, besides his rich wife.

George Bush: fifth cousin four times removed of Franklin Pierce, seventh cousin three times removed of Theodore Roosevelt, seventh cousin four times removed of Abraham Lincoln, eleventh cousin once removed of Gerald Ford

George W. Bush: son of George Bush

G.W. Bush and John Kerry are calculated to be 9th cousins twice removed and on top of that, Bush and Kerry have several cousins in common — Walt Disney, Michael Douglas, Clint Eastwood, the Wright Brothers, Meriwether Lewis, Hugh Hefner, Clara Barton, Georgia O’Keeffe, Princess Diana — and even former Vermont Governor Howard Dean.

http://www.answerbag.com/q_view.php/5481

Holy crap it’s a family affair! Creepy.

Posted by: Vince [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 8, 2004 11:28 AM

lucky us, Today vince share with us Liberal myth number 27, “cheney is really the president.”

Like much of what the liberals espouse, there’s really very little evidence to support this thesis, but they believe it with all the thoughtless zeal they accuse the religious right of harboring. No amount of persuasion will change the mind of a person such as vince, so as I have advocated on numerous occasions, if particular piece of trollery is off topic simply ignore it and post your comments.

In this way the threads aren’t highjacked and no time is wasted trying to change the mind of a true believer.

that said TL, I agree with your first point. Kerry picked Edwards based on the needs of the campaign, whereas Bush picked Cheney based on the needs of our government. the contrast is stark.

Posted by: skip [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 8, 2004 11:44 AM

It all depends on what you’re aiming for.

Is Kerry trying to pick the best choice to get elected, or the best choice if the shit REALLY hits the fan and we have to drop back to the VP as CInC? (It has happened before, after all.)

My thought is, he’s looking at peaking right before November 2nd, and figuring what’s past the election will take care of itself.

J.

Posted by: JLL3 [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 8, 2004 02:15 PM

Dick Cheney is dark, humorless, foul-mouthed, and obsessed with an al Queda/Iraqi connection which virtually nobody else sees. His obsession with Saddam was also (according to Woodward) a large part of why we are now in a war which most Americans now believe was a mistake.

John Edwards is cheery, charismatic, sharp as a tack, the child of a mill worker, the product of public education (he graduated from my law school) and the father of two small children.

Its no wonder the Republicans want to change the subject.

Posted by: rdelephant [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 8, 2004 08:24 PM

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