Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

July 28, 2004

by V

Tit for Tat

The very stupid idea that goofy pictures of candidates matter more than any difference in how they would lead the country is seeing a resurgence with pictures of Kerry touring a NASA facility.

(What? Kerry should have toured it without a clean-suit? Republicans don't believe in cleanrooms, stray hair, fibers and skin cells? Oh right, that's stuff's all "science"-related and therefore "uncool", if not outright "treasonous".)

Well, the Dems were ready with an even stupider Dubya moment in return. Good for them:

Booger Pickin' and Space Suits [Roll Call]
Democrats waited about a nanosecond to retaliate against Republicans for releasing a photo of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) looking like a goofball in a space suit at Cape Canaveral, Fla. Democratic operatives Tuesday unearthed a 1990 videotape of President Bush — then merely a trust-fund rancher and baseball team mogul — at Nolan Ryan’s "300th win" Texas Rangers game.

"A deep, long pick," is how one Democratic operative described what Bush was doing in the video. A frame-grab picture of the video, however, was too blurry to reproduce here. But the operatives said they were providing the video to at least one television network.

"What better way is there to highlight how frivolous a debate the Republicans were trying to 'pick,' so to speak," said another Democratic insider. "We decided that before we got up into our wrists and escalated this sticky exchange further, we'd stop with just this one moment and hope this silliness just blows over."
It is silliness, and it should blow over.

Then there was this keen observation from today's Hotline:
[Fox News' Morton] Kondracke: "It's a good thing there wasn't a photographer there when George Bush fell off his bike the other day" ("Special Report," 7/27).
Posted by V at July 28, 2004 03:08 PM

Glad to see that they're fighting shit like that, at least. The worst thing in the world would have been for them to pull that lily-livered "rise above the fray" crap in response to this. Happy they fought back just as nasty, frankly.

Posted by: Janis at July 28, 2004 04:10 PM

I don't know about you, but this campaign is starting to read like a Dave Barry column.

"The Republicans released a photo of John Kerry in a futuristic white clean-suit, claiming it was from his alleged appearance as an extra in the sperm scene from Woody Allen's 1972 film Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex. The Democrats responded by airing videotape of Bush picking his nose, and released an official statement:
'Neener neener.'"

Posted by: NYCO at July 28, 2004 04:59 PM

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