Skip to comments.Gephardt Sneers at John Wayne his San Francisco remarks." House.
Posted on 07/27/2003 3:08:43 PM PDT by yoe
The leftist media establishment, as usual, ignored one of the week's juiciest quotes, so we'll just have to highlight it again, and report on its aftermath.
As NewsMax.com pointed out Wednesday, Rep. Dick Gephardt was among the Democrats grumbling even as the U.S. military took out Saddam Hussein's genocidal sons Uday and Qusay. Geppy condemned President Bush's foreign policy as "machismo" and "arrogant unilateralism."
"Foreign policy isn't a John Wayne movie, where we catch the bad guys, hoist a few cold ones, and then everything fades to black," the White House wannabe fumed in a speech to a receptive audience: San Francisco Bar Association.
Rep. Christopher Cox, R-Calif., chairman of the House Policy Committee and the Homeland Security Committee, retorted that Gephardt needed to "get his facts straight."
"America did not go it alone," Cox noted. "The only people suggesting that, having removed Saddam, we quit and 'hoist a few cold ones' are the isolationist Democrats to whom Rep. Gephardt was apparently directing his San Francisco remarks."
And why the slap at John Wayne?
That prissy attempt at an insult might delight a bunch of leftist lawyers in San Francisco, but would Gephardt have the guts to say that to an audience of normal people in Omaha or Pittsburgh or Orlando?
Are the White House wannabes trying to alienate Middle America? Gephardt's goof recalls the boast of zillionaire trial lawyer Sen. John Edwards that he no longer likes country music, owns a gun or pays attention to NASCAR - a triple insult to his fellow North Carolinians. Edwards even had to apologize for once hunting rabbits.
Not coincidentally, Edwards is now in danger of losing his Senate seat as well as his feeble bid for the White House.
Gephardt's curious comment raises questions about what sort of movie star he'd emulate.
An angry reader from Poplar Bluff, Mo., wrote to NewsMax, "WHAT WE NEED IS MORE JOHN WAYNE AND A HELL OF A LOT LESS FROM THE NATIONAL SOCIALIST DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S LITTLE DICK GEPHARDT!!!"
Another reader wondered if Gephardt preferred a Fred Astaire sort of foreign policy.
But Astaire was a class act all the way. It's safe to say Gephardt would adopt a foreign policy styled after ... Democrat operative and former movie star Barbra Streisand.
After all, babbling Babs' semi-illiterate, error-filled memos last September ordering Gephardt to attack President Bush's Iraq policy were such a hoot that even the media establishment couldn't ignore them.
What really drives them nuts is that the people want the way it's being handled now more than they want Democrat-style big words that amount to nothing. The DemonRats want the world's superpower to be the world's doormat like it was under Klinton and Karter.
Get a grip people. This is an innocuous reference to John Wayne. It could even be argued that it is a complimentary reference to John Wayne, and Gephardt is simply taking a jab at Bush for supposedly trying to act like he's a John Wayne in an inappropriate context.
This is what politicians (of all parties) do: They rhetorically attack their opponents. Is everyone so sensitive that they can't take a political punch? Especially when this doesn't even qualify as a punch; it's more of a "Nyah, nyah."
Save your righteous indignation for the stuff that crosses the line.
uh, yeah, it is.
Methinks most Dems couldn't 'fill their hand', if you know what I mean, and therein lies the source of their whiuny attitudes.
Well, it damn sure oughta be, pilgrim!
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