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It's beginning to look a lot like August 1988
The Boston Herald ^

Posted on 08/20/2004 8:57:30 AM PDT by Redcoat LI

It's beginning to look a lot like August 1988 By Howie Carr Recent Columns by Howie Carr Friday, August 20, 2004

John Kerry's August 2004 is beginning to look like Mike Dukakis' August 1988.

Not a good month, in other words. It's probably too much to say that the wheels are coming off Kerry's campaign the way they did off his political mentor's 16 summers ago. He hasn't climbed into a tank yet, but isn't it odd that he reaches out to Mike McCurry almost 16 years to the day that Dukakis brought back a sleazemeister named John Sasso?

Sixteen years ago this month, the nation learned that the Duke was a henpecked wimp who went to bed at night with, as he himself put it, ``Kitty's advice, counsels and urgings ringing in my ears.''

Now we discover from Kerry's ditzy ex-girlfriend that when he used to call her he used an alias - Miguel. And that when they were playing doctor with the shades drawn, he would whisper sweet nothings in her ear. In French.

Sacre bleu!

We've come a long way from John Kerry [related, bio] reporting for duty to Miguel reporting for booty.

And now Sen. John Miguel Kerry throws down the gauntlet to the swift-boat vets. But this may have been a time for Miguel to have recalled the words of Jim Curley: ``Never complain, never explain.''

For 30 years, Miguel has been in a media liplock with the bow-tied bumkissers of Morrissey Boulevard. And this love affair has apparently led him to believe that the rest of the media will roll over for him the way his kissin' cousins always have in Boston. And most of the PC press has until now totally ignored the charges of the swift-boat vets. But how can they now?

You know how every profile of Kerry this year has included the old story about how the late state rep Bill Reinstein passed himself off to the clueless Kerry as another legislator. The anecdote is always cited as an example of how out-of-touch Kerry was, and is.

But it appears that Kerry never absorbed the most important lesson of his tormentor Reinstein's career. Back when Reinstein was mayor of Revere, a scandal erupted over the building of a new high school. Reinstein began writing letter after letter to Garrett Byrne, the DA of Suffolk County and an ally, demanding an investigation.

Finally, after about the third missive, Byrne felt compelled to refer the matter to a grand jury. Reinstein was promptly indicted.

Now Kerry brings up the swift boat vets issue himself. And the lamestream media, like Garrett Byrne before them, may finally be forced to do something they are loath to do - go after somebody on their own team.

Miguel has benefitted from hundreds of millions of dollars worth of free publicity from Michael Moore, Moveon.org, and every brain-dead junkie and slut in Hollywood. The bookstores are full of anti-Bush tomes that are prominently displayed, but good luck trying to even find a copy of ``Unfit for Command.''

Day after day, Miguel's flanks are protected by The New York Times, CBSNBCABCCNN and every pointy-head Ivy League windbag in America, and he's freaking out over a $500,000 TV buy because the contributors are from, gasp, Texas. The Democrats' big-money guy is George Soros. He's from Hungary.

Now, though, all these semi-official organs of the Democratic Party are going to have to at least mention the charges against Kerry. Aren't they?

The media can't ignore the swift-boat vets anymore. Can they?

And Miguel asked for it. He forgot that, as they say in Revere, you should never let your mouth write a check that your rear-end can't cash. Somewhere, the shade of Bill Reinstein must be smiling.

( Howie Carr's radio show can be heard weekday afternoons on WRKO AM 680, WHYN AM 560, WGAN AM 560, WEIM AM 1280 and WXTK 95.1 FM. )


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 1988; dukakis; howiecarr; kerry; miguel

1 posted on 08/20/2004 8:57:31 AM PDT by Redcoat LI
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To: Redcoat LI

Howie--You rule!!!!!


2 posted on 08/20/2004 9:00:50 AM PDT by Pondman88
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To: Redcoat LI

"It's beginning to look a lot like August 1988"


I wish I could believe it!! I must say I am getting more nervous about this election...not less...this kind of stuff makes me feel better! :-)


3 posted on 08/20/2004 9:02:20 AM PDT by housewife101
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To: Redcoat LI

bow-tied bumkissers of Morrissey Boulevard = What Howie Carrr calls the Boston Globe


4 posted on 08/20/2004 9:02:46 AM PDT by lonerepubinma
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To: Redcoat LI

bow-tied bumkissers of Morrissey Boulevard = What Howie carr calls the Boston Globe.


5 posted on 08/20/2004 9:03:25 AM PDT by lonerepubinma
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To: housewife101

Welcome to Free Republic


6 posted on 08/20/2004 9:04:11 AM PDT by Guillermo (OJ was innocent because Mark Furhman said the "N" word.)
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To: Redcoat LI
"Miguel has benefitted from hundreds of millions of dollars worth of free publicity from Michael Moore, Moveon.org, and every brain-dead junkie and slut in Hollywood."

ROTFLOL!!

7 posted on 08/20/2004 9:04:18 AM PDT by VaBthang4 ("He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep")
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To: Pondman88
Miguel reporting for booty.

THAT is Deathless Prose!

8 posted on 08/20/2004 9:04:47 AM PDT by eno_ (Freedom Lite, it's almost worth defending.)
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To: Redcoat LI

The first goal of the mainstream media is to make money. That's done through ratings. The media will drop their political biases in favor of reporting the big story. If that story if that JF'nK is full of it. Then they'll run with it.


9 posted on 08/20/2004 9:04:54 AM PDT by bobjam
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To: Redcoat LI
We've come a long way from John Kerry [related, bio] reporting for duty to Miguel reporting for booty.

LOL!

10 posted on 08/20/2004 9:05:08 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: Redcoat LI

For 30 years, Miguel has been in a media liplock with the bow-tied bumkissers of Morrissey Boulevard. And this love affair has apparently led him to believe that the rest of the media will roll over for him the way his kissin' cousins always have in Boston. And most of the PC press has until now totally ignored the charges of the swift-boat vets. But how can they now?


IS this guy watching the news? Of course the Big Media types are going to go down to the wire for F'n


11 posted on 08/20/2004 9:05:09 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (Kerry renames the US The People's Republic of America)
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To: Redcoat LI
We've come a long way from John Kerry reporting for duty to Miguel reporting for booty.

HAHAHAHAHA

12 posted on 08/20/2004 9:05:11 AM PDT by jtminton (Kerry/Edwards 2004: It's Boring in America again!)
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To: housewife101; All
housewife101
Since Aug 18, 2004
13 posted on 08/20/2004 9:05:30 AM PDT by VaBthang4 ("He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep")
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To: Redcoat LI

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... for Bush!


14 posted on 08/20/2004 9:06:38 AM PDT by No_Outcome_But_Victory (Reagan preferred to shoot the bear... the verdict of history will be simple: nice aim.)
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To: KC_Conspirator

GMTA


15 posted on 08/20/2004 9:07:08 AM PDT by jtminton (Kerry/Edwards 2004: It's Boring in America again!)
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To: housewife101

Welcome to FreeRepublic!

And thank you for not introducing yourself with a Vanity post.


16 posted on 08/20/2004 9:08:32 AM PDT by No_Outcome_But_Victory (Reagan preferred to shoot the bear... the verdict of history will be simple: nice aim.)
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To: housewife101


I see you joined Aug. 18th. Welcome to FR.


17 posted on 08/20/2004 9:08:42 AM PDT by Gunder
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To: EdReform

read later


18 posted on 08/20/2004 9:08:44 AM PDT by EdReform (Support Free Republic - All donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support!)
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To: Redcoat LI

"....Miguel reporting for booty."

LOL!


19 posted on 08/20/2004 9:09:08 AM PDT by Birdland
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To: Redcoat LI

The only thing that would make the democrats more desperate would be for Dukakis to come out in support of Kerry. They've avoided that name like the plague.


20 posted on 08/20/2004 9:09:15 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Here, bite down on this.)
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To: Redcoat LI
Kerry reporting for duty; Miguel reporting for booty! Nobody knows the inner Lurch better than Howie Carr.
21 posted on 08/20/2004 9:09:17 AM PDT by Malesherbes
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To: Redcoat LI

I'm not familiar with the Boston Herald. What kind of paper is it? I imagine it's sort of like the NY Post, or am I wrong?


22 posted on 08/20/2004 9:10:28 AM PDT by Gunder
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To: Guillermo

Thanks....I actually was a freeper over four years ago...I stopped as so many things in my life were going on...just had to get back in it before this election...I AM GOING CRAZY! LOL


23 posted on 08/20/2004 9:12:02 AM PDT by housewife101
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To: MikeinIraq
For 30 years, Miguel has been in a media liplock with the bow-tied bumkissers of Morrissey Boulevard. And this love affair has apparently led him to believe that the rest of the media will roll over for him the way his kissin' cousins always have in Boston.

I actually heard that lady from the Washington ComPost say months ago on FOX News that Kerry has been battle tested because he Boston press is tough. What a joke! They work hand in glove with the democrat party for crying out loud!

24 posted on 08/20/2004 9:13:30 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: housewife101
I am getting more nervous about this election

Me too.

25 posted on 08/20/2004 9:15:35 AM PDT by RKB-AFG (4 more 4 W in 04)
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To: Redcoat LI

 
 
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To: Redcoat LI

I love it...MIGUEL!


27 posted on 08/20/2004 9:17:03 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: Redcoat LI
In July, 1988, Dukakis led George H.W. Bush by 17 points. In November, 1988, he lost to Bush in a landslide.

Liberals' own worst enemy is themselves. The more people learn about them, the less they like them.

28 posted on 08/20/2004 9:18:51 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: KC_Conspirator

Exactly....they always follow their own...

The media in this country has forgotten that ratings = money....they think that if they follow the right ideology that they can convince everyone that they are right about everything....meanwhile their ratings are dipping further and further....


29 posted on 08/20/2004 9:28:03 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (Kerry renames the US The People's Republic of America)
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To: All
Hello, my name is Juan Miguel Kerrodriguez and this is the, how do you say, ah, yes, the campaign.


30 posted on 08/20/2004 9:29:45 AM PDT by WillVoteForFood
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To: Gunder
Sensationalist, tabloid news coverage but their Op/Ed page tends to slant to the right. Howie Carr basically hates politicians and the establishment. He hates corruption, patronage and government ripping off the tax payers.
31 posted on 08/20/2004 9:30:31 AM PDT by misterrob
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To: Gunder

I'm not familiar with the Boston Herald. What kind of paper is it? I imagine it's sort of like the NY Post, or am I wrong?





You are correct. It's a bit less obnoxious than the Post (not that the Post being obnoxious is a bad thing) but it's the alternative to the Boston Globe, which has more indepth news stories yet is so politically biased that it's hard to take.


32 posted on 08/20/2004 9:30:50 AM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: Gunder
I'm not familiar with the Boston Herald. What kind of paper is it? I imagine it's sort of like the NY Post, or am I wrong?

Tabloid paper, generally conservative editorial policy, decent conservative columnists in the opinion section, but its news leans left, especially when written by political reporter Andrew Miga -- whose stories often appear on the first or second page, and whose reporting makes him the poster boy for leftish bias.

Howie Carr's usually entertaining radio talkshow can be heard on WRKO AM at 3pm each day, following Rush. Carr is really a lifeline expert on the shananigans of Massachusetts politicians.

33 posted on 08/20/2004 9:33:05 AM PDT by Maceman (Too nuanced for a bumper sticker)
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To: pabianice
In July, 1988, Dukakis led George H.W. Bush by 17 points. In November, 1988, he lost to Bush in a landslide.

i remember this quite well, as i was a LIBERAL back then... i just knew Dukakis was going to win... then i went on vacation during the Republican Convention... i remember glancing at the newspapers at a stand during my vacation and could not believe my eyes--George Herbert Walker Bush was gaining on Dukakis in the polls... i was devastated! (little did i know that just four years later, i would be voting for GHWB)...

34 posted on 08/20/2004 9:36:01 AM PDT by latina4dubya
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To: Redcoat LI
I think I said it first, here, this morning:

"The Willie Horton Moment"

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1195371/posts

35 posted on 08/20/2004 9:52:45 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news.)
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To: Redcoat LI
We've come a long way from John Kerry reporting for duty to Miguel reporting for booty.

Sounds like great tagline material.

36 posted on 08/20/2004 10:00:22 AM PDT by Constitution Day (...Reporting live from the Holy Barbecue City of Wilson, NC...)
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To: Constitution Day

Ok......This OCTOPUS now has LEGS!


37 posted on 08/20/2004 10:11:35 AM PDT by Republic Rocker
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To: Redcoat LI
Somewhere in a post the author referred to the "mainstream media" as the "Old Media"

I really like that term, not just because it's true but also because they will not like it.

The internet and talk radio are driving the Old Media into the museum.

The alphabet networks who sare mainly entertainment media that does news on the side, and the big newspapers that used to rule are now becoming outdated curiosities.

The "Gray Lady" (NY Times) will now serve as a liner for parrot cages.

(Let Polly editorialize on it)

38 posted on 08/20/2004 10:43:29 AM PDT by capt. norm (Rap is to music what the Etch-A-Sketch is to art.)
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To: capt. norm
Somewhere in a post the author referred to the "mainstream media" as the "Old Media"

It's like Rummy's "Old Europe" phrase,a bunch of shriveled, useless appendages living off their former glory, and expecting everyone to bow to their greater wisdom.

39 posted on 08/20/2004 9:16:30 PM PDT by Redcoat LI (You Can Trust Me , I'm Not Like The Others.....)
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