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Could a Republican say this and get away with it?(11 posts)

Could a Republican say this and get away with it?ClydeTri
Jan 30, 2004 10:04 AM
Below is from Charleston SC newspaper. Think a Republican could say that and not have the national press all over it and Jesse Jackson demanding his resignation?

Democratic rivals converge on S.C.
Of The Post and Courier Staff
With the South Carolina Democratic primary dance in full swing, Sen. John Kerry strutted through the Midlands on Thursday, hammering the Bush administration's economic record. While Sen. John Edwards wooed black voters in Greenville, retired Gen. Wesley Clark waltzed into Rock Hill, slamming the president's handling of foreign affairs. The Rev. Al Sharpton warned voters against wasting their vote.

As the Democrats' newest lead dancer, Kerry began drawing fresh attention from Republicans, who questioned his voting record in the Senate, a theme that's likely to continue.

Kerry's votes against military action in the 1991 Persian Gulf War and a 1984 vote against testing and deployment of nuclear weapons show that he's soft on defense issues, said Ed Gillespie, Republican National Committee chairman.

In Columbia, Kerry called Gillespie's criticism "the greatest form of flattery," saying it underscores his status as Democratic front-runner.

Kerry visited a branch of Midlands Technical College, where he criticized Bush for presiding over an economy that has shed 3 million jobs.

With U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., at his side, Kerry said he would remedy the situation by investing in education and eliminate tax benefits for "Benedict Arnold" companies that take jobs out of the country.

Kerry lavished praise on Clyburn, who formally endorsed him Thursday. Clyburn drew laughs after Kerry referred to dancing at a Clyburn fish fry.

"I wouldn't call that dancing," Clyburn said.

Kerry replied, "I thought for a white guy, I showed some rhythm. Guess I'll have to take a few more lessons."
It would be twisted by the press and who ever said it ...Live Steam
Jan 30, 2004 10:16 AM
would be flamed. We all know there is a double standard in the media. The problem here is some of us don't want to admit it.
Jan 30, 2004 10:16 AM
In fact, I can almost hear Bob Dole saying it.
If Bob Dole said itPaulCL
Jan 30, 2004 10:31 AM
..he would have been forced to resign, make a public, tearful apology and be branded a racist bigot the rest of his life. John Kerry says it...well...he's just making a joke. Double standard.
Simply not true. Read the commentOldEdScott
Jan 30, 2004 10:35 AM
and the context more closely.
Jan 30, 2004 10:36 AM
cory says there are no liberals in the press..... ruling..........??
That's mild. I was more surprised ...HouseMoney
Jan 30, 2004 10:52 AM
... that the remarks Fritz Hollings made last Friday didn't get more play. While campaigning for Kerry, he was telling a story and his punchline was "He's the Jesse Jackson of the Republican Party!" Prior to this comment, he was railing about the number of jobs lost to China when one of the loudspeakers popped. Without missing a beat, he said there must be some "chinamen" over there who didn't like that.

It's no surprise that Hollings was subsequently relegated to the background in the Kerry campaign.
And never forget it was Fritz......ClydeTri
Jan 30, 2004 11:05 AM
It was Fritz Hollings who as Governor of SC had the Confederate battle flag put up...but would think that George W Bush or John McCain did it..even though neither of them have ever lived in SC. Four years ago in SC primary press was all over Bush and McCain about the flag..never once went to the real culprit, Democrat Senator Fritz Hollings.
Fritz is senile. 'Chinamen.' Whew. nmOldEdScott
Jan 30, 2004 11:38 AM
That's a good way to spin it! nmLive Steam
Jan 30, 2004 12:23 PM
Should have said "socially dependant" (nm)czardonic
Jan 30, 2004 12:33 PM