Skip to comments.GOP Aims to Pull a 'Dukakis' on Kerry
Posted on 07/27/2004 12:03:52 PM PDT by Vision Thing
BOSTON (AP) - Republicans ridiculed Democrat John Kerry's primary campaign contortions about the war on Iraq on Tuesday and handed out pictures of Kerry clad in a hooded blue anti-contamination suit as he climbed out of a NASA space shuttle orbiter.
The GOP effort to pull a "Dukakis" on Kerry is shifting into high gear.
In 1988, Republicans were able to turn Michael Dukakis from a Democratic presidential front-runner into a caricature soundly beaten by President Bush's father.
Key elements of that transformation were a constant drumbeat of criticism of Dukakis' alleged "liberal record" as governor of Massachusetts and a photo of Dukakis riding in a tank while wearing a helmet. At the time, Republican strategists for Bush's father compared the governor in the tank helmet to "Rocky the Flying Squirrel."
Asked the significance of the photo of Kerry in the anti-contamination suit, Republican chairman Ed Gillespie smiled broadly and said, "We just thought it was a great photo."
Republicans gathered at the GOP war room on Tuesday tried to pick apart a suggestion by former President Clinton that Kerry has the "strength and wisdom" to keep America safe.
"Part of wisdom is having a vision and being consistent with that vision," said Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman. "With Senator Kerry, we have seven different positions on his vote against the 87 billion dollars for Iraq.
"At one point he said it would be irresponsible to vote against it, at another point in time he voted against it, then he said he voted for it before he voted against it, now he says he's proud he voted against it."
Coleman noted that liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, director of "Fahrenheit 9/11," had a seat of honor at the Democratic convention.
"We had Michael Moore in the presidential box, someone who said Americans are stupid," Coleman said. "Michael Moore sits with President Jimmy Carter in his box. Is that the foreign policy coming out of this convention? Does that demonstrate the party's commitment to make tough decisions?"
While Republicans praised Clinton's speech Monday night, they turned on the Democrats Tuesday and claimed they were making false statements about the Bush White House record. The Republicans said Democrats are exaggerating the threats to Social Security, Medicare and a federal program that put extra police on the streets.
"You can say these things with a smile on your face, sound like you have a positive message," said Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams, adding that statements distorting Bush's record are "still a falsehood."
Republicans say Clinton's successful Monday night speech will make things harder for Kerry on Thursday when he accepts the nomination.
"It's going to be difficult for Kerry to wrest control of these folks from the thrall of Bill Clinton," said veteran GOP strategist Rich Galen.
Uh...that would be Burt in his sperm costume in Everything You Wanted To Know About Sex...
It shouldn't be difficult. Michael Moore, bunny costume, Teresa cringing at his kisses, Jane Fonda, ad infinitum.
First, the girlish throw at the Bosox Yankees game.
Now the space suit.
This guy is just ASKING to be made fun of.
Kerry is vain, so you'd expect him to look in the mirror before appearing in that bunny suit. If he had any refined political sense, the mirror would have told him that he was entering a Dukakis moment.
He looks more like a terrorist-in-training....
and that big tube running along beside him as he was climbing up. guess that is for the huge amount of smoke he intends to blow up our butts, huh?
The Republicans did not make Dukakis into the liberal person that he was.
Dukakis handed them one on a silver platter with that tank picture which still cracks me up every time I see it.
That Kerry would get into that goofy blue suit is a golden visual gift.
Once America figures out who Kerry is, other than a person who hates Bush, they will turn away from the man in droves.
Is there anything this guy can do where he doesn't look like a complete flamer? I swear -- bicycling, skiing, kite surfing, even catching a football for pete's sake. The guy just looks like a total pansy. Now, now, now.... I realize that's not a very valid reason for denying someone my vote, but after all, I'm just a woman. (/sarcasm)
In this picture, Kerry looks just as happy as Dukakis did in the original picture.
I thought it was for the exhaust from his own.
Freepers, don't forget the name of Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams! He's a rising star.
Where is the bunny suit picture? Is this for real? I have to see this!
New York Post color cover today: "Boston, We Have a Problem" with Kerry in the clean suit. Next to his picture is a picture of Woody Allen in a sperm suit in "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex But Were Afraid to Ask"
On "The View", lib Meredith Viera showed both pictures and declared Kerry's "the Dukakis moment." Viera said he looked like a sperm, like Woody in the movie. None of "The View's" libs defended sKerry.
That's unfair. We're not pulling a Dukakis.
We're pulling a Reagan (strong, patriotic, leader) AND a Dukakis (liberal dork), as evidenced below.
Somebody took the ooompah loompah picture and put bunny ears on it. I'll see if I can find it.
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