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June 25, 2004

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Now if Cheney had only kept his cool and had Leahy beheaded instead of having been vulgar, we would have been far ahead in the game.

The biggest problem with it is not the vulgarity itself -- which has lost most of its impact by now in any case, despite what the FCC may think -- but the hypocrisy. If you're going to attack someone for using the F word in a Rolling Stone interview, the leaders of your party ought not go around using it themselves. (As we point out in http://gulfreporter.blogs.com/gulfreporter/2004/06/a_vulgar_direct.html and rather shamelessly link to here.)

You think so, Wallace? I don't recall attacking anyone "for using the F word in a Rolling Stone interview." The link from your own post does quote Brookings Institution presidential scholar Stephen Hess not attacking but critiquing Kerry's use of the word in a formal interview as "a kind of pandering to a group he sees as hip." That sounds like something Kerry would do.

Dick Cheney doesn't pander, of course. His motivation was more direct: "I expressed myself rather forcefully, felt better after I had done it," Cheney told Neil Cavuto of Fox News last night. The vice president said those who heard the putdown agreed with him. "I think that a lot of my colleagues felt that what I had said badly needed to be said, that it was long overdue." See Washington Post report here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A6025-2004Jun25?language=printer

I myself see hypocrisy here, not it Cheney's language but in the Democrats' calculated shocked, shocked reaction, as they once again pander to the "perceived significance of voters' impatience with the partisan squabbling in Washington." The VP's outrage is refreshingly authentic. Daschle and Company's outrage, patently phony.

apols, Sissy. Definitely wasn't referring to any attacks you'd made. And yes, I doubt Cheney was pandering to anyone just at that moment. Pandering, however, is pretty universal among politicians, I think you'd agree. (I think.)

apols accepted, W. And yes, pretty universal among politicians, but the likes of Cheney and Rumsfeld, for example, strike me as authentic oner types who aren't afraid to call a spade a spade. Cheers.

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