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Location: Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Graduate of University of Maryland School of Law; University of Maryland, College Park (Economics/Political Science).

Friday, October 29, 2004

Kerry's Latest October Surprise

The Kerry campaign unleashed its latest October surprise today: George Bush once gave one of his staffers the finger (in jest) while a camera was rolling! Shock! Surprise! Gasp! Yawn.

The video is obviously very old, probably from when the young-looking current president was governor of Texas. Unpresidential? Certainly. But at the time, he wasn't president, nor was he running for it. Nor was the gesture used in a malicious way.

Who remembers John Kerry's Rolling Stone interview from last December when he was running for president...the one where he says Bush "f---[ed] it up" in Iraq? So this Bush video is suggestive of his inability to lead the country, but not Kerry's published remarks?

Things to consider:

1) Bush made his gesture jokingly; Kerry was utterly serious in his proclamation about Bush.
2) Bush made his gesture during a pre-broadcast moment; Kerry used the f-bomb in a prominent, published national magazine (one read exceedingly by students, no less)
3) Bush made his gesture prior to his election to or campaign for national office; Kerry said Bush "f'd it up" while running for president and in furtherance of that goal.

Pretty low, and (surprise, surprise) hypocritical of the Kerry campaign.

For the best available version of the Bush video, go here.

PS: And speaking of October surprises, Bush has four days left to produce Osama Bin Laden as Paul Krugman and Madeline Albright predicted he would for re-election purposes.

UPDATE: I guess Bush won't be holding a press conference in the Rose Garden with Osama in chains before Tuesday, much to the chagrin of Democrat I-Told-You-So'ers. Quite frankly, I'm surprised he's alive. I was hoping his dried up corpse was providing food for some cave spiders somewhere in the mountains of Afghnistan. You have to admit, the final days before a U.S. election can be pretty bizarre. I'm both anticipating and dreading what will happen in the next four days.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Maybe I was wrong. Is Bush behind the Bin Laden tape?

According to the Drudge Report, a senile, formerly relevant news anchor seems to think so:

Former CBSNEWS anchorman Walter Cronkite believes Bush adviser Karl Rove is possibly behind the new Bin Laden tape.

Cronkite made the startling comments late Friday during an interview on CNN.Somewhat smiling, Cronkite said he is "inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, he probably set up bin Laden to this thing."

Interviewer Larry King did not ask Cronkite to elaborate on the provocative election eve observation.

I guess the nursing home let him out of the Alzheimer's ward to give this interview.


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