Skip to comments.Chicken what? (THUNE V. DASCHLE)
Posted on 08/16/2004 5:34:42 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
Daschle seeks apology from Thune on statements to staffer
By Denise Ross, Journal Staff Writer
Feathers were flying Friday after the man running Republican John Thune's Senate campaign used a barnyard epithet to refer to Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D.
South Dakota's two Senate campaigns traded barbs Friday over Thune's campaign manager's use of a swearword to refer to Tom Daschle and over Daschle's absence at events hosted by South Dakota organizations.
A fuss over debates, ongoing for weeks, got ratcheted up when Thune campaign manager Dick Wadhams approached a Daschle staffer who was videotaping Thune's remarks and said: "Your boss is a chickens**t. You know that, right?"
The exchange, detailed in a news release from the Daschle campaign, took place at a forum in Sioux Falls hosted by Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the School Administrators of South Dakota.
The Daschle campaign took offense and issued a news release calling for an apology from Thune, Daschle's challenger in the Nov. 2 election.
"Later, Wadhams approached Jeremy again and said, So, let me get this straight. Your boss is too chickens**t to show up, so they sent you here? How do you feel about that?'" reads the release.
The videotaping Daschle staffer is 25-year-old Jeremy Funk.
"Berating young staffers and referring to public officials with obscenities is not how we do things in South Dakota. John Thune owes Sen. Daschle and his staffer an immediate apology," Daschle campaign manager Steve Hildebrand said in the release. "I know Mr. Wadhams is not from South Dakota, but you don't have to be here long to see that this sort of behavior goes beyond the pale of what is acceptable in South Dakota politics."
Thune will not apologize, Wadhams said. Instead, Daschle should apologize for ducking debates, he said.
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"It is pathetic when Tom Daschle will not debate John Thune and then sends this staff person to slink around in the shadows and tape John Thune when Thune is the one who shows up for these events."
The residents there must be deeply saddened.
I know for a FACT that Daschle is NOT a Chicken &#$t. He is an @$$h*le.
No one should ever apologize for speaking the truth.
That chicken is too tall.
Actually Wahdams should apologize : "I am sorry I called Sen. Daschle a Chicketshiite. We all know he is actually a lying cowardly scumsucking gutter dwelling weasel DascHOLE. I am Deeply saddened at his refuseal to debate my candidate."
I know...he is too tall, and Not "yellow" enough..but he is running scared.
I PRAY DascHole loses!
Haha! You said it well. ;-D
Jeez, if you talk about Rats, you gotta use words they understand.
I fully recognize that I am not the 'moderate/swing' voter that is all important to elected officials, but I have to wonder how such a person would react to what I would have liked to hear.
How would the mushy middle react if Thune had said, "I will apologize for one of my staffers calling Daschle a Chickens**t when Daschle stops acting like a chickens**t and debates me."
Would that play as crass among the middle, or would middle America like to hear blunt honesty?
He should have called him a little McGreevey.
My prediction: S. Dakota now has a dem (Johnson) as one of the Senators, another dem as the only Representative in Congress. I beleive that the good people of S. Dakota will want to provide some balance, especially with the Republican majorities in both houses. Daschle is toast!
Actually, I think many Americans didn't appreciate Vice-President Cheney's obscenity in the Senate. I think in public the Republicans should take the high road in language. It is quite possible to expose lies and criticize opponents without using foul language. We don't want to be identified with that way of talking.
Thune...could do like one of the Republican Candidates did in Massachusetts....when the Democratic Senator would not debate him,he put up a cardboard cut out of the candidate and went on with the Debate.
Yes it seems we have a chicken ducking a debate.
"...Thune campaign manager Dick Wadhams..."
He should have said: "Your boss is such a coward that the best he could do is send some dickwad from his staff!"
Actually, I think you are incorrect. I believe the majority of Americans truly appreciated Cheney's remark in the senate, moreso given the target of the remark!
Given the circumstances, I thought Cheney was downright eloquent.
1) Act grown-up in front of the cameras, dude.
2) This is probably the only way the Thune campaign could get the media to notice that Tiny Tom didn't show up, so maybe it is a decent strategy
3) of course, he's absolutely right.
4) how dare the Daschle campaign send a cameraman? How dare they? Not only do they skip out on the event to avoid stating their own views, but they decide to use footage from it to attack Thune in the future. That really is chickens***.
Thune should say, "I do apologize that my aide used an obscenity. That was unseemly, and does not contribute to the public discourse. He should simply have stated that Senator Daschle was behaving like a chicken, a spineless, simpering, whimpering, craven coward, a frightened little girl -- and left it at that. Thank you."
Chicken Daschle is running scared....baaaaaaawk...bawkkkkk...bawk...chicken!
Daschle is a (_0_), not a (_._)
By the way..I just found this new picture of the Democrats in Boston at the DNC...Daschle is somewhere in the crowd.
Cheny's obscenity was a private comment, between two people, that happened to take place in the Senate. Many private conversations take place on the Senate floor, you can see that by watching C-SPAN2. Further, the time of the incident, the Senate was not in session, but had gathered for a "class photo." Cheny's comment was overheard by others (tattletale Senators, no doubt), and gleefully reported and discussed in an effort to damage Cheny.
That the American people don't "get it" (the context of Cheny's remark) is a testimony to their laziness, or stupidity.
You mean...Daschle is acting like a "girlie man"?
I looked up the military definition of chickens#!t by historian Paul Fussell that Stephen Ambrose used in "Band of Brothers" and Citizen Soldiers".
"Chickens#!t refers to behahior that makes military life worse than it need be: petty harassment of the weak by the strong; open scrimmage for power and authority and prestige; sadism thinly disguised as necessary discipline; a constant 'paying off old scores'; and insistence on the letter rather than the spirit of ordinances. Chickens#!t is so-called-instead of horse or bull or elephant s#!t-because it is small minded and ignoble and takes the trivial seriously"
Applying the above definition, Daschele may be chicken for not debating, but I don't think he is being chickens#!t. However, if you substitute "South Dakota" or "senate" for "military", then it is clear the definition does fit in many areas.
Men, if you don't mind, school me here. What are the chances of "Dasshole" getting canned by the voters?
Since when? It's the other national pastime.
More chicken sh1t !!!
Tom Daschle: "I'm saddaned, saddaned that John Thune is my rival."
I think if I was in Mr. Wadhams' position I would have kept the barnyard epithet to myself and gone for one more feline.
These folks need one of those raffle boards with one chicken and a bunch of squares marked Thune or Daschle. The winner is the square with the first or most "poop".
I could have used a more appropriate term, but then it wouldn't be read in South Dakota.
I'm not a poll watcher, and have no idea. I do think it's a bit early to be speculating though. The election is three months away.
If I had to guess, I'd say the election is Daschel's, and he'll have to make a mistake to lose it. The media in South Dakota will promote Daschel hard, and the DEM "get out the vote" machine is well-oiled, and well supported from all around the country.
Thune should put a rubber chicken in Daschles debate chair.
It would be even more funny (but probably too partisan) to have Thune put up a cardboard cut-out of a yellow chicken at the debates to represent Daschle. Then send out invitations to the press that look like fried eggs. LOL!
You are absolutely right, and VP Cheney's private comment is nowhere near as offensive (coming as a blunt, frustrated response to Leahy) as the deliberate use of the same word by sKerry in the magazine interview, when he said, for attribution, that President Bush "f'd" up the Iraq war (that he now agrees with, again, for now).
The political discourse is one thing, but I appreciated the fresh air of VP Cheney's honesty to Leahy's hypocrisy while deploring the giggling smugness of those who tattled on this private conversation (while ignoring sKerry's deliberate f-bomb intended for public consumption).
Can't he be both, oh please, can't he be both????LOL
MOM! THAT MAN SAID SOMETHING MEAN TO ME!!!
Maybe Little Tommy Daschle can introduce legislation forming a "sensitive" National Football League, for those who are too "offended" by all the violence in the real NFL, since he appears to abhor violence in any form, including verbal.
A 4 year old had the perfect answer.
"Holy shit, a talking chicken!"
ROTFL! Shoulda called him a little banty rooster....except that a banty rooster has more b**ls.