George W. Bush: Daddy's boy

By Joan Walsh

By Salon Staff
July 28, 2000 11:00PM (UTC)
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"Daddy's boy"? "Pasty old white guy"? Sounds like someone is so frustrated at the success of Dubya that they have to resort to childish name calling. As for the Bush family's supposed "crippling genetic predisposition to bad political judgment" the author ignores her own point that Bush won in 1988, and that Dubya is winning now. Call them names, say this campaign is some sort of blood vengeance, but come November Al Gore will be looking for another job no matter how much it must irk the author and most of the writers at Salon.

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-- Adam Abbott

I wonder if Joan Walsh's article is an honest appraisal of George W.'s selection of Dick Cheney as his running mate or just another ideological diatribe from the left. All of Cheney's alleged liabilities which Walsh seeks to create would hypothetically be eliminated by the selection of say, Alan Keyes. But one can only wonder what kind of hissy fit Walsh would have thrown if an even more staunch social conservative would have been chosen.

-- William Read

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While trying not to make light of the circumstances, one cannot mistake the symbolism of George W. Bush beginning "his introduction of Cheney by asking the crowd to observe a moment of silence." Besides Cheney's congressional record, there's also the specter of being a key player for two presidents who couldn't get themselves reelected. Can this be the best the GOP has to offer?

It reveals that the Republican Party is still controlled by right-wing, big-money ideologues who have never been in step with the average American. Even Democrats recognize the talents of a Christie Whitman, or even John Kasich from the right.

A moment of silence was appropriate, "W.," because that's the response you'll get from the American voters.

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-- Quentin Walker

Gov. Bush's choice of Dick Cheney as his running mate puts the lie to Bush's claim to be the candidate of reform. It seems that the perception of Bush as a shallow candidate has necessitated the addition of some "gravitas" to his team. This has outweighed his professed desire to shake up the Republican Party. I'm baffled about why the party in opposition seems determined to wage their campaign as if they were the incumbents. Who's left to throw the bums out?

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-- Seth Messinger


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