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Chicken what? (THUNE V. DASCHLE)
Rapid City Journal ^ | august 16, 2004

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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"Tom Daschle should apologize to the people of South Dakota for refusing to debate and for rejecting legitimate South Dakota organizations who want debates," Wadhams said.

"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."

1 posted on 08/16/2004 5:34:43 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776
The truth hurts all democRATs.
2 posted on 08/16/2004 5:39:31 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Liberals are like catfish ( all mouth and no brains )(bottom feeders))
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To: AmericanMade1776

The residents there must be deeply saddened.


3 posted on 08/16/2004 5:39:47 AM PDT by maxter
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
Here we see a picture of Daschle running from debates


4 posted on 08/16/2004 5:41:32 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: maxter

I know for a FACT that Daschle is NOT a Chicken &#$t. He is an @$$h*le.


5 posted on 08/16/2004 5:43:27 AM PDT by Viet-Boat-Rider (KERRY IS A NARCISSISTIC LIAR, GOLDBRICKER, AND TRAITOR!)
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To: AmericanMade1776

No one should ever apologize for speaking the truth.


6 posted on 08/16/2004 5:43:36 AM PDT by Judith Anne (I fantasize that Kerry loses Mass: *ooooh...ohhh.....Oh, God, YES! YES! YES!*)
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To: AmericanMade1776

That chicken is too tall.


7 posted on 08/16/2004 5:45:48 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Be a Dollar a Day FReeper, and SMILE when you get your Mastercard bill!)
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To: Judith Anne

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."


8 posted on 08/16/2004 5:47:25 AM PDT by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I know...he is too tall, and Not "yellow" enough..but he is running scared.


9 posted on 08/16/2004 5:47:33 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776

I PRAY DascHole loses!


10 posted on 08/16/2004 5:49:18 AM PDT by tame (Are you willing to do for the truth what leftists are willing to do for a lie?)
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To: commish

Haha! You said it well. ;-D


11 posted on 08/16/2004 5:50:33 AM PDT by Judith Anne (I fantasize that Kerry loses Mass: *ooooh...ohhh.....Oh, God, YES! YES! YES!*)
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To: AmericanMade1776

Jeez, if you talk about Rats, you gotta use words they understand.


12 posted on 08/16/2004 5:50:36 AM PDT by Navy Patriot
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Don't you think this chicken looks like John Kerry?


13 posted on 08/16/2004 5:50:55 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776

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?


14 posted on 08/16/2004 5:51:08 AM PDT by blanknoone (Everything is impossible to those who refuse to try.)
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To: AmericanMade1776

15 posted on 08/16/2004 5:51:29 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Be a Dollar a Day FReeper, and SMILE when you get your Mastercard bill!)
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To: AmericanMade1776

He should have called him a little McGreevey.


16 posted on 08/16/2004 5:51:38 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: tame

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!


17 posted on 08/16/2004 5:52:57 AM PDT by Rocket1968 (Democrats will crash and burn in 2004.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
haha.....or..this chicken looks more like Daschle?


18 posted on 08/16/2004 5:54:26 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: blanknoone

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.


19 posted on 08/16/2004 5:54:45 AM PDT by edweena
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To: AmericanMade1776
Well one republican got it right about daschle he is a C/S.Daschle stupidity only exceeds his odor.
20 posted on 08/16/2004 5:55:32 AM PDT by solo gringo (Give us more of Bush/Cheney in o4.)
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To: AmericanMade1776

http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040815/COL0412/40815002/1201


21 posted on 08/16/2004 5:56:01 AM PDT by WKB (3! ~ Psa. 12 8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.")
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To: AmericanMade1776
Ok... I'm confused... which is it? ChickenshIt or Dasshole? He's got to be one or the other, he can't have it both ways... Democrats always trying to be on both sides of every issue, but you know Democrats... intellectual giants among us,,, would call it nuance.
22 posted on 08/16/2004 5:56:56 AM PDT by Godfollow
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To: WKB

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.


23 posted on 08/16/2004 6:00:29 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776

Yes it seems we have a chicken ducking a debate.


24 posted on 08/16/2004 6:03:10 AM PDT by WKB (3! ~ Psa. 12 8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.")
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To: AmericanMade1776

"...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!"


25 posted on 08/16/2004 6:03:43 AM PDT by ISonnet (Annoy the French, Reelect Pres. Bush!)
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To: edweena

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!


26 posted on 08/16/2004 6:04:03 AM PDT by cweese
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To: cweese

Given the circumstances, I thought Cheney was downright eloquent.


27 posted on 08/16/2004 6:05:32 AM PDT by ISonnet (Annoy the French, Reelect Pres. Bush!)
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To: AmericanMade1776
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?"

Passing thoughts:

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***.

28 posted on 08/16/2004 6:06:17 AM PDT by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: AmericanMade1776; dead

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."

Dan


29 posted on 08/16/2004 6:08:59 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: WKB

Chicken Daschle is running scared....baaaaaaawk...bawkkkkk...bawk...chicken!


30 posted on 08/16/2004 6:09:09 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

Daschle is a (_0_), not a (_._)


31 posted on 08/16/2004 6:11:33 AM PDT by killerw ("Marijuana is G-d's way of saying, I love you and want you to be happy and pain free.".)
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To: BibChr
Thune..should of said..I will have my aide apologize to Daschle's aide, when Daschle proves to me that my aide was wrong about Daschle being "chicken s@*t!"

By the way..I just found this new picture of the Democrats in Boston at the DNC...Daschle is somewhere in the crowd.


32 posted on 08/16/2004 6:12:30 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: edweena
Actually, I think many Americans didn't appreciate Vice-President Cheney's obscenity in the Senate.

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.

33 posted on 08/16/2004 6:12:54 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: BibChr

You mean...Daschle is acting like a "girlie man"?


34 posted on 08/16/2004 6:14:08 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776

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.


35 posted on 08/16/2004 6:14:43 AM PDT by yawningotter
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To: Cboldt

Men, if you don't mind, school me here. What are the chances of "Dasshole" getting canned by the voters?


36 posted on 08/16/2004 6:19:44 AM PDT by Atlanta ( Be the hammer or the anvil...)
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To: AmericanMade1776
referring to public officials with obscenities is not how we do things in South Dakota

Since when? It's the other national pastime.

37 posted on 08/16/2004 6:27:04 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: BibChr
If Daschle still refuses to debate, Thune should ask him if he knows what the white stuff on top of chicken sh1t is ...

More chicken sh1t !!!

38 posted on 08/16/2004 6:33:38 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society - Mark Twain)
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To: tx_eggman

Tom Daschle: "I'm saddaned, saddaned that John Thune is my rival."


39 posted on 08/16/2004 6:43:49 AM PDT by Reader of news
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To: AmericanMade1776

I think if I was in Mr. Wadhams' position I would have kept the barnyard epithet to myself and gone for one more feline.


40 posted on 08/16/2004 6:48:10 AM PDT by Tredge
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To: AmericanMade1776

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.


41 posted on 08/16/2004 6:52:15 AM PDT by pointsal
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To: Atlanta
Men, if you don't mind, school me here. What are the chances of "Dasshole" getting canned by the voters?

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.

42 posted on 08/16/2004 6:58:40 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: AmericanMade1776

Thune should put a rubber chicken in Daschle’s debate chair.


43 posted on 08/16/2004 6:59:13 AM PDT by tractorman
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To: AmericanMade1776

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!


44 posted on 08/16/2004 7:00:43 AM PDT by alwaysconservative (If the guys in VietNam knew Kerry was a screw-up after 4 months, how can we give him 4 years?)
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To: Cboldt

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).


45 posted on 08/16/2004 7:07:12 AM PDT by alwaysconservative (If the guys in VietNam knew Kerry was a screw-up after 4 months, how can we give him 4 years?)
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To: Viet-Boat-Rider
I know for a FACT that Daschle is NOT a Chicken &#$t. He is an @$$h*le.

Can't he be both, oh please, can't he be both????LOL

46 posted on 08/16/2004 7:16:15 AM PDT by Mister Baredog ((Part of the Reagan legacy is to re-elect G.W. Bush))
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To: AmericanMade1776
The Daschle machine appears to wear its underwear backwards.

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.

47 posted on 08/16/2004 7:40:17 AM PDT by an amused spectator (Read John Kerry's new book: Mein Kampuchea)
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To: pointsal
then it wouldn't be read in South Dakota.

Oh, we get lots of sh*t out here. Smells like money. :)
48 posted on 08/16/2004 7:42:46 AM PDT by anonymous_user (<a href="http://www.michaelmoorehatesamerica.com" target="_blank">Michael Moore</a>)
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To: AmericanMade1776
What would a farmer say if chicken Little came into his barn yard and proclaimed, "the sky is falling, the sky is falling"?

A 4 year old had the perfect answer.

"Holy shit, a talking chicken!"

49 posted on 10/10/2004 8:47:26 AM PDT by chainsaw (Vote American - Vote for BUSH)
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To: AmericanMade1776
"used a barnyard epithet to refer to Sen. Tom Daschle"

ROTFL! Shoulda called him a little banty rooster....except that a banty rooster has more b**ls.

50 posted on 10/10/2004 10:14:59 AM PDT by sweetliberty (Proud member of the Pajama Posse!)
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