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Posted on 06/16/2004 11:18:38 AM PDT by Republican Red
Union Thug Says Gephardt's the Guy
A little political news here as it regards John Kerry. Washington Whispers, sort of the political gossip page of the U.S. News and Daily -- what is the name of that stupid -- U.S. News & World Report. I'm getting it confused with the Weekly World News. I still can't get over the cover of the Weekly World News, American GIs shot down an angel in Iraq and they had to go to a vet to have her wing reset, had a picture of it and everything. U.S. News & World Report at Washington Whispers is like their gossip page, and I got it here in the stack somewhere, and the American Spectator picked up on this. I read it yesterday and it says don't believe all this talk about the VP option still being open, that it's pretty much settled. It's Gephardt, that big labor has told John Kerry that's who it's going to be. The AFL-CIO has pretty much put their foot down and said it's going to be Gephardt. And the American Spectator has this quote from an AFL-CIO lobbyist. "Gephardt better damn well be the pick. We've done too much for Kerry to get screwed this way. A governor from Iowa ain't going to cut it for our membership. It's been tough enough selling Kerry to some of our people."
You know, the quotes that the American Spectator comes up with every day from inside the Kerry campaign are just juicy. They're just fabulous. So here's a union thug, "This better damn well be Gephardt. It ain't going to cut it if some governor from Iowa shows up." He's talking about Tom Vilsack. "I mean, it's tough enough for us to get half our membership ginned up about Kerry anyway. He better not screw us this way." So they've laid the law down. Get ready for Dick Gephardt, folks. Missouri, a swing state.
There is a bit of variance here between the U.S. News & World Report and American Spectator piece on the subject of Gephardt being Kerry's VP. Here's the American Spectator -- well, before I give you the American Spectator, the U.S. News & World Report story says basically it is Gephardt, that the decision has been made, and Kerry has been told that's the way it's going to be. The Spectator has that version, but says the reason the AFL-CIO is mad all of a sudden is because Kerry has done a 180 and changed his mind and may be set to double-cross the AFL-CIO and so that's why this union thug here is sounding sort of threatening to Kerry. I love the Spectator. I don't know where they find this stuff. They get it from inside the Kerry campaign. There are people inside that campaign that are talking. And get this story. "Al Gore devised the logo for his 2000 presidential campaign bumper sticker on a cocktail napkin, so it's no surprise that Kerry has one-upped him. Kerry personally redesigned the retooled exterior art on his presidential campaign airplane, drawing pictures of how he wanted large American flags placed on the fuselage of his jet. One of his staffers said, "He wanted flags that appeared to be waving in the wind. He wanted the plane to be more patriotic and upbeat. This was Senator Kerry's idea all the way."
So apparently in the midst of his presidential campaign, he's got time to sit around and design the paint scheme of his jet, and that's the Spectator's take on this. He's designing logos, and he wants the logo to appear upbeat and patriotic. Apparently he doesn't have enough to focus on, or perhaps he's looking to escape the really tough decisions like his vice presidential nominee selection. "Kerry is to meet with senior AFL-CIO leaders in Atlantic City today, and that happened this morning, where he will speak to the national conference of the union, but also get an earful from the leadership over his veep selection. As The Prowler reported six weeks ago, the AFL-CIO has been telling supporters that Gephardt was basically a lock as the veep, increasingly union bosses have been hearing that Gephardt is no longer in the running, and that's when the AFL-CIO lobbyist comes in and says, "Gephardt better damn well be the pick. We've done too much for Kerry to get screwed this way. A governor from Iowa, that ain't going to cut it for our membership. It's been tough enough selling Kerry to some of our people." So it appears that there's trouble in paradise out there in the Kerry campaign.
Couldn't happen to a better flip flopper. I wonder how many people he's promised the VP slot?
I think Teddy Kennedy would make a great pick of VP.
Put him in charge of the moth-balled Navy ghost fleet as they sink the ships to make artificial coral reefs.
How dare they subject us to such dishonor!?! They have brought shame on all of us! I demand the immediate resignation of Donald Rumsfield, Angel killer! /Gore mode
So does that mean Sam Nunn doesn't have to sweat the scrutiny now?
Oh man... this is Great news!!! wasnt he a candidate at one time.... ?
I love that line. Bush, like Reagan, is going to have big support from rank and file union members, regardless of who the union bosses endorse.
That's the volunteer base of the dems, right there. They run the phones, stamp the envelopes, man the protests, and try and intimidate the opposition. Without them, Kerry is toast.
Unions are to the dems what the Pro-gunners are to the GOP.
Make him Admiral Teddy Kennedy, of the USS Oldsmobile.
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