Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

GOP Aims to Pull a 'Dukakis' on Kerry
Guardian ^ | July 27, 2004 | Will Lester

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.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dukakis; kerry
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-73 next last

1 posted on 07/27/2004 12:03:53 PM PDT by Vision Thing
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Vision Thing
Hey, I thought Kerry looked pretty good in that picture, kind of like Burt Reynolds.

Uh...that would be Burt in his sperm costume in Everything You Wanted To Know About Sex...

2 posted on 07/27/2004 12:08:23 PM PDT by Billthedrill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vision Thing
Ummm...
Kerry is the one who has pulled the Dukakis.
Don't you just love how the media spins the story?



 
 
Click HERE for

The Kerry/Edwards Files
-at-
The CouNTeRPuNcH Collection

3 posted on 07/27/2004 12:08:35 PM PDT by counterpunch (The CouNTeRPuNcH Collection - www.counterpunch.us)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vision Thing

It shouldn't be difficult. Michael Moore, bunny costume, Teresa cringing at his kisses, Jane Fonda, ad infinitum.


4 posted on 07/27/2004 12:08:54 PM PDT by GVnana (Tagline? I don't need no steenkin' tagline!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vision Thing

First, the girlish throw at the Bosox Yankees game.

Now the space suit.

This guy is just ASKING to be made fun of.


5 posted on 07/27/2004 12:10:29 PM PDT by nuffsenuff
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Billthedrill

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.


6 posted on 07/27/2004 12:13:31 PM PDT by Vision Thing (Nuance is for girlie men.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Vision Thing

He looks more like a terrorist-in-training....


7 posted on 07/27/2004 12:14:58 PM PDT by Red Badger (I coulda' swore we elected a Republican President last time.........)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GVgirl

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?


8 posted on 07/27/2004 12:16:32 PM PDT by fatrat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Vision Thing

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.


9 posted on 07/27/2004 12:18:34 PM PDT by Pylot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: counterpunch
When was this one taken?

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)

10 posted on 07/27/2004 12:19:16 PM PDT by workerbee
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: counterpunch

In this picture, Kerry looks just as happy as Dukakis did in the original picture.


11 posted on 07/27/2004 12:20:17 PM PDT by Vision Thing (Nuance is for girlie men.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Billthedrill; counterpunch; Registered; Paul Atreides; Prime Choice
Maybe this hot off the presses pic is worth a "Caption this" thread...wouldn't this pic be better with French and VC flags?


12 posted on 07/27/2004 12:20:47 PM PDT by Shermy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: fatrat
that is for the huge amount of smoke he intends to blow up our butts

I thought it was for the exhaust from his own.

13 posted on 07/27/2004 12:22:03 PM PDT by GVnana (Tagline? I don't need no steenkin' tagline!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Vision Thing

14 posted on 07/27/2004 12:23:03 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vision Thing

15 posted on 07/27/2004 12:24:29 PM PDT by BulletBobCo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vision Thing

Freepers, don't forget the name of Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams! He's a rising star.


16 posted on 07/27/2004 12:24:51 PM PDT by TexasCajun
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GVgirl

Where is the bunny suit picture? Is this for real? I have to see this!


17 posted on 07/27/2004 12:24:59 PM PDT by Avenger
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Vision Thing

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.


18 posted on 07/27/2004 12:26:57 PM PDT by ntnychik
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vision Thing
The GOP effort to pull a "Dukakis" on Kerry is shifting into high gear.

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.


19 posted on 07/27/2004 12:28:26 PM PDT by Snuffington
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Avenger

Somebody took the ooompah loompah picture and put bunny ears on it. I'll see if I can find it.


20 posted on 07/27/2004 12:28:53 PM PDT by GVnana (Tagline? I don't need no steenkin' tagline!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: counterpunch

I have a very slow connection and usually avoid threads that will be loaded with pictures...but that picture was worth every minute. FReepers rule!!


21 posted on 07/27/2004 12:28:59 PM PDT by Krodg
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Avenger

Somebody took the ooompah loompah picture and put bunny ears on it. I'll see if I can find it.


22 posted on 07/27/2004 12:29:00 PM PDT by GVnana (Tagline? I don't need no steenkin' tagline!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: GretchenM

Perhaps you would like to add the pic here to "a day in the life" threads ... lol...
.


23 posted on 07/27/2004 12:29:05 PM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Vision Thing

Well, for all intents and purposes Kerry *IS* Dukakis. Just another arrogant Leftist from MA - even down to having no charisma and the fact that both are dominated by their wives.

Yes the press will try to portray Kerry as a moderate. They've learned Clinton's lesson in 92. But Clinton was at least a middle of the road Democrat. Even for the Democrat Party Kerry is extreme - look at his lifetime voting record...


24 posted on 07/27/2004 12:30:32 PM PDT by swilhelm73 (We always have been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France. -Duke Wellington)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GVgirl
It shouldn't be difficult. Michael Moore, bunny costume, Teresa cringing at his kisses, Jane Fonda, ad infinitum.

Don't forget his French looks and his effeminate relationship with his running mate.

We actually do not need to limit ourselves to making Kerry out to be another Dukakis.

25 posted on 07/27/2004 12:30:59 PM PDT by Vision Thing (Nuance is for girlie men.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Vision Thing
We actually do not need to limit ourselves to making Kerry out to be another Dukakis

Well you're absolutely right. I think the butt grabs have played out though.

26 posted on 07/27/2004 12:34:33 PM PDT by GVnana (Tagline? I don't need no steenkin' tagline!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Snuffington

There are some other great pictures that really, truly fit in with this "Dukakai moment" thread posted on the "Kerry flubbed pitch" thread...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1178385/posts?page=896#896

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1178385/posts?page=449#449


27 posted on 07/27/2004 12:34:45 PM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: dead; Vision Thing; potlatch

Alexandra Kerry blames dress on wardrobe malfunction in today's New York Post, p. 6: "Yeah, the dress was completely see-through. Not intentionally, mind you. I wore a very conservative dress that did not withstand the impact of 3,500 flashbulbs, says Alex, 30." And her pocketbook couldn't withstand the impact of underwear purchase?


28 posted on 07/27/2004 12:34:54 PM PDT by ntnychik
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: workerbee

That's because John kerreeee has to TRY to look like he's one of the guys with biking and skiing and windsurfing and tossing the football, etc. If he was a natural he wouldn't have to do these things but he's not so he does. He can't even figure out how stupid he's gonna look putting on a suit likt the one he put on. All the dem/libs seem to fall prey to this kind of ridiculous behavior.


29 posted on 07/27/2004 12:38:34 PM PDT by cubreporter (I trust Rush...he will prevail in spite of the naysayers)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: nuffsenuff

That is so unfair. They don't teach you how to throw a baseball in a Swiss boys' school. He only went because he thought it was a BOTOX Yankees game and he'd get a free touch up.


30 posted on 07/27/2004 12:41:00 PM PDT by stop_fascism
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Vision Thing

"Space helmet on Captain Video. Wherever you are."


31 posted on 07/27/2004 12:43:59 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedy family legacy - can't skipper a boat, can't fly, can't drive, can't ski)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Snuffington

Kerry is simply trying to show us how he'll dress when he inserts himself up Jacques Chirac's butt.


32 posted on 07/27/2004 12:44:48 PM PDT by stop_fascism
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Vision Thing

In his space suit, Kerry looks like a character in a Planned Parenthood sex education training film to show kids how much "fun" it is to use condoms........Kerry looks like he's wearing a green condom on his head......and loving it.


33 posted on 07/27/2004 12:46:03 PM PDT by Liz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nuffsenuff
This guy is just ASKING to be made fun of.

Yes, and we will answer. Boy, will we answer.

34 posted on 07/27/2004 12:46:50 PM PDT by Vision Thing (Nuance is for girlie men.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: onyx; Fracas
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."

I hope Ed doesn't lose sight of the "big picture" here.

35 posted on 07/27/2004 12:48:11 PM PDT by Liz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vision Thing
Oh puh-PLEASE. It's stupid to talk about things you don't know. Kerry has a Dukakis moment almost every day. His wife is running a close second.





36 posted on 07/27/2004 12:48:19 PM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nuffsenuff

It looked like to me that Kerry threw from in front of the mound and bounced it where Bush threw a strike from the mound.


37 posted on 07/27/2004 12:51:34 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, DemocRATs believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Red Badger
He looks more like a terrorist-in-training....

A terrorist dressed all in white. It's not yet Labor Day, and as you know, blue bloods such as Kerry wear white only before Labor Day.

38 posted on 07/27/2004 12:53:02 PM PDT by Vision Thing (Nuance is for girlie men.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: OrioleFan

Definitely. Bush threw a strike from the rubber and Kerry bounced a lob from about 4 feet in front of the mound.

It then looked like he was trying to blame the soldier for not catching it.

Kerry's such a LOOOOSER.


39 posted on 07/27/2004 12:54:12 PM PDT by nuffsenuff
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: Snuffington

ROFL......

Thanks for the contrast. CLASSIC!


40 posted on 07/27/2004 12:54:19 PM PDT by Prolifeconservative (If there is another terrorist attack, the womb is a very unsafe place to hide.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

Comment #41 Removed by Moderator

To: cake_crumb
Ewwwwww, She is so un-kept and Icky, I wonder if she showers?


42 posted on 07/27/2004 12:54:37 PM PDT by cmsgop ( Bong Hits, Fraggle Rock Reruns and DU is no way to go through Life.............)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Shermy

Lovely... a Kerry supporter flying the American Flag upside down at a rally.

Thanks, I hadn't seen that one yet.


43 posted on 07/27/2004 12:54:44 PM PDT by Tamzee (Tell me honestly, Honey... do these classified documents make me look fat?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Vision Thing

with all the significant issues we have to run on against Kerry - this is what the RNC comes up with, he looks funny in a space suit?


44 posted on 07/27/2004 12:55:31 PM PDT by oceanview
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vision Thing

he looks like a "tele-tubbie"

LOL
The Capt.


45 posted on 07/27/2004 12:57:55 PM PDT by Capt.YankeeMike (get outta my pocket, outta my car, and outta the schools)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Shermy

Caption: John Kerry standing upon the deck of the only weapons system that he truly approves of -- a mothballed battleship.

46 posted on 07/27/2004 12:58:41 PM PDT by Tallguy (If Clinton did a good job stopping the Millenium Bomber, I've got 2 Towers in NYC to sell you...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: dead

47 posted on 07/27/2004 1:00:04 PM PDT by Southflanknorthpawsis
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Tamsey

I beg you to point out which one of those flags is upside down.

48 posted on 07/27/2004 1:01:12 PM PDT by brewcrew
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: cmsgop

Now, now! When you are worth something in the neighborhood of a billion dollars, the proper term is "eccentric." </sarcasm>


49 posted on 07/27/2004 1:03:29 PM PDT by Tallguy (If Clinton did a good job stopping the Millenium Bomber, I've got 2 Towers in NYC to sell you...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: dead

How dare you put Lemiwinks in the same picture as this group of fools???? :)


50 posted on 07/27/2004 1:06:56 PM PDT by GOPyouth (De Oppresso Liber! The Tyrant is captured!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-73 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson