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The Birth of the ‘Breck Girl’ Story Line
The New York Times ^ | April 23, 2007 | ADAM NAGOURNEY

Posted on 04/23/2007 12:37:21 PM PDT by presidio9

The tale of John Edwards’ $400 haircuts may have ended – or at least his campaign hopes it ended – when Mr. Edwards told Iowans on Friday that he was embarrassed by the episode. It arguably began four years ago this weekend with a story in The New York Times about the White House’s strategy for dealing with prospective Democratic challengers to President Bush.

In the last paragraph of that story, which I wrote with a colleague, Richard W. Stevenson, an unnamed “Bush associate” was quoted as referring to Mr. Edwards as “the Breck Girl of politics.” Another Bush adviser, again unnamed, was quoted as saying of Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, “he looks French.”

In both instances, we were attempting to flesh out for readers the White House’s plans for discrediting prospective Democratic opponents. Both people quoted were at the senior levels of the Bush political operation. And in both cases – as Mr. Kerry and Mr. Edwards could certainly attest by

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Miscellaneous; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: breckgirl; cutebeatle; johnedwards; prettypony; silkypony

1 posted on 04/23/2007 12:37:22 PM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Bush’s fault!


2 posted on 04/23/2007 12:39:59 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: presidio9

The Hillary crowd is alive and well at the NYT.


3 posted on 04/23/2007 12:40:51 PM PDT by nctexan
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To: presidio9
Both people quoted were at the senior levels of the Bush political operation.

Good for them. That's their job.

4 posted on 04/23/2007 12:41:08 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (When toilet paper is a luxury, you have achieved communism.)
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To: presidio9

Ridicule is highly effective.


5 posted on 04/23/2007 12:41:10 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (A proud member of the Frederalist society.)
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To: presidio9

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AE847UXu3Q


6 posted on 04/23/2007 12:42:40 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Enoch Powell was right.)
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To: presidio9; fieldmarshaldj
an unnamed “Bush associate” was quoted as referring to Mr. Edwards as “the Breck Girl of politics.” Another Bush adviser, again unnamed, was quoted as saying of Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, “he looks French.”

I remember that day fondly.

The "he looks French" was actually better humor-wise, being so succinct yet ridiculous.

7 posted on 04/23/2007 12:42:47 PM PDT by JohnnyZ ("I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose" -- Mitt Romney, April 2002)
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To: presidio9

The NYSlimes just loves to leak all sorts of secrets...ironic this time that their leak backfired against their chosen ones.


8 posted on 04/23/2007 12:44:21 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (The faithful will keep their heads down, their powder dry and hammer at the enemies flanks.)
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To: presidio9

So how did Ketchup Boy get started?


9 posted on 04/23/2007 12:46:04 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: presidio9

The term, “Breck Girl” has been used by Rush often and may have been invented by him.


10 posted on 04/23/2007 12:46:25 PM PDT by Dutchy
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To: Chi-townChief

“unnamed” = Rush Limbaugh


11 posted on 04/23/2007 12:46:50 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: ClearCase_guy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMvt7aye7K8


12 posted on 04/23/2007 12:48:18 PM PDT by stinkerpot65
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To: presidio9


13 posted on 04/23/2007 12:52:05 PM PDT by johnny7 ("Issue in Doubt." -Col. David Monroe Shoup, USMC 1943)
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To: ElkGroveDan; aculeus; Billthedrill; AnAmericanMother; martin_fierro; Constitution Day; Petronski; ..
Good for them. That's their job.
Disraeli once described the manner of Bishop Wilberforce as “unctuous, oleaginous, saponaceous.” And the good prelate was ever afterward known as Soapy Sam. For every man there is something in the vocabulary that would stick to him like a second skin. His enemies have only to find it.

The Devil’s Dictionary.


14 posted on 04/23/2007 12:57:10 PM PDT by dighton
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To: ElkGroveDan

Rove...you magnificent bast*rd !


15 posted on 04/23/2007 12:57:16 PM PDT by stylin19a (Beer doesn't make you fat, it makes you lean.... Against bars, posts and tables.)
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To: JohnnyZ
Yup, definitely French.


16 posted on 04/23/2007 12:58:57 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Would you vote for President a guy who married his cousin? Me, neither. Accept no RINOs. Fred in '08)
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To: presidio9

Ahh, going down memory lane just as the Silky Pony starts getting Swiftspa’d as the Pink Sapphire.


17 posted on 04/23/2007 1:01:58 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (A proud member of the Frederalist society.)
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To: presidio9
This is so much like the New York Times...

The youtube video is 4 minutes 59 seconds, not two minutes as claimed in the story.

In trying to slam the White House staff with coming up with the name is laughable. “Everyone in America” would had labeled him the Breck girl after seeing the 5 minute video.

Oh, I’m sorry, it was the New York Times...

18 posted on 04/23/2007 1:03:36 PM PDT by detch
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To: presidio9
Keep in mind that Adam, the reporter on this story for the Times, is the same guy that Bush referred to as an *sshole," and Cheney replied, "Big Time." Note that the reporter apparently does not read his own newspaper.

It was Maureen Dowd, Pulitzer-prize-winning columnist for the Times, despite the fact that she writes like an overly-hormonal teenaged girl, and dots her i's with little hearts, who popularized the phrase Breck Girl for John Edwards.

A competent reporter would have mentioned that. But that would have undercut the point of blaming this on Bush and his people. When it is political and printed in the Times, assume that it is dishonest. Start with the question of why they would lie about this particular point, and you may get at the truth,

Congressman Billybob

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19 posted on 04/23/2007 1:07:29 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Please get involved: www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: presidio9
What a duffass! ...the author


20 posted on 04/23/2007 1:09:25 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Dutchy; presidio9
The term, “Breck Girl” has been used by Rush often and may have been invented by him.

Actually, left-wing columnist Molly Ivins used that epithet on Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison more than 15 years ago, back when Kay was put on trial by Ronnie Earle (the DA who took down Tom DeLay) for the same "offense" Clinton's people pooh-poohed when Al Gore was accused of making political phone calls on a White House phone. Kay's staff were accused of using her state office phones on her senatorial campaigns -- so Earle indicted Kay. (Someone needs to make him go "crunch.")

Ivins sneered that the people of Texas would never find guilty any woman who wore "Breck hair and Peter Pan collars."

21 posted on 04/23/2007 1:15:37 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Keep in mind that Adam, the reporter on this story for the Times, is the same guy that Bush referred to as an *sshole," and Cheney replied, "Big Time." Note that the reporter apparently does not read his own newspaper.

Hate to correct you, Congressman, sir... But the "*sshole/Big Time" comment was directed at Adam Clymer.

22 posted on 04/23/2007 1:17:13 PM PDT by gridlock (On January 20, 2009, Fred Dalton Thompson will be sworn in as President of the United States.)
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To: presidio9

Edwards/Sanjaya 2008


23 posted on 04/23/2007 1:19:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Iran delenda est)
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To: Dutchy
"The term, “Breck Girl” has been used by Rush often and may have been invented by him."

That was the first I ever heard it used.

24 posted on 04/23/2007 1:20:43 PM PDT by blam
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To: Congressman Billybob
Keep in mind that Adam, the reporter on this story for the Times, is the same guy that Bush referred to as an *sshole," and Cheney replied, "Big Time."

My memory is that the "A-hole/Big Time" incident was directed at Adam Clymer, not this Adam. For months on FReep, the name "Clymer" was substituted for the word "A-hole" and everyone knew the deal.

25 posted on 04/23/2007 1:21:22 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: crazyhorse691; Kenny Bunk

“Was that a mistake on our part? Perhaps.”

What a piece of NYtTimes arrogance.

Those epithets were around way before the NYTimes reported them, here, on talk radio, etc.

In NYTimes world, everything revolves around them.


26 posted on 04/23/2007 1:21:26 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Congressman Billybob
Start with the question of why they would lie about this particular point, and you may get at the truth,....

That's an old CIA maxim about dealing with political propaganda, particularly Communist propaganda, and political statements in general.

It is depressingly revealing of what The New York Times has become, that nowadays it has to be read like Pravda was in the 1950's. It is now completely a tool, dominated by Alinskyite politickers and agitators.

27 posted on 04/23/2007 1:21:57 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: presidio9
Jay Leno put Sir Lovely's coif into perspective a couple of nights ago. According to Jay,

"I talked about this last night. John Edwards got a $400 haircut. Now the latest is, Hillary Clinton may have spent $200 getting her back waxed."

28 posted on 04/23/2007 1:22:54 PM PDT by Zakeet (Be thankful we don't get all the government we pay for)
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To: Congressman Billybob
John...

I think that was Clymer but this guy is in the same league...

29 posted on 04/23/2007 1:24:37 PM PDT by RedEyeJack
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To: lentulusgracchus

“Start with the question of why they would lie about this particular point”

Like the closed system of Marxism which can only see all events revolving around itself, NYTimesism is much the same.

1. They believe they were the conduit, the origin of the “Breck Girl” meme.

2. They believe if it wasn’t for themselves, the Breck Girl meme would have died.


30 posted on 04/23/2007 1:32:12 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Cuttnhorse
Yep, y’all are right and I’m wrong. I had my Adam-*ssholes mixed up. This one probably is one also, but Bush and Cheney did not say so.

A thousand pardons.

John / Billybob

31 posted on 04/23/2007 1:50:54 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Please get involved: www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: Congressman Billybob; Cuttnhorse

This guy is also a “Clymer” but that “a-hole” incident did indeed involve the original “Clymer” who gave birth to the synonym for “MSM vapid leftist a-hole” which is to say “a real CLYMER”........... two different Adams, one DBM leftist mentality of dishonest propaganda.


32 posted on 04/23/2007 2:01:16 PM PDT by Enchante (Liefong, Fitzfong, Earlefong, Schumfong, Waxfong, Pelosifong.... see a pattern here?!?)
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To: dighton
Disraeli wasn't the only one.

Trollope got after him too.

He looks fairly soapy to me . . . but that's part of the occupational qualification for a bishop. At least an Anglican one.

The photo is by "Lewis Carroll" (C.L. Dodgson)

33 posted on 04/23/2007 2:13:53 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: ElkGroveDan
Both people quoted were at the senior levels of the Bush political operation.

Obviously another congressional investigation is warranted. *eyeroll*

34 posted on 04/23/2007 2:18:24 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("We have always been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France"--Wellington)
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To: presidio9
Mr. Edwards told Iowans on Friday that he was embarrassed by the episode

A lot of people get embarrassed when they are caught.

35 posted on 04/23/2007 3:08:42 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: TexasCajun

Looks like he sucked on one too many lemons. LOL!


36 posted on 04/23/2007 5:28:58 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (Every Thread a BYJ Thread (http://www.byj.co.kr/))
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To: lentulusgracchus

Interesting.... Thanks for the political history lesson.


37 posted on 04/23/2007 5:56:11 PM PDT by Dutchy
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To: fieldmarshaldj
That picture has been around for quite awhile. Would anyone care to tell me if it’s real or photoshop?

The most disturbing part is that it COULD be real!

38 posted on 04/23/2007 6:28:01 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Grizzled Bear
Hey, now, what happens at San Francisco Democrat fundraisers stays at San Francisco Democrat fundraisers.
39 posted on 04/23/2007 6:57:58 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Would you vote for President a guy who married his cousin? Me, neither. Accept no RINOs. Fred in '08)
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To: NeoCaveman

Not to mention both nicknames were highly appropriate.


40 posted on 04/23/2007 7:57:59 PM PDT by greccogirl
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To: Congressman Billybob

LOL...I’m constantly amazed at how many times FReepers keep the facts straight...I rarely get the oportunity.

Best regards to you, BB


41 posted on 04/24/2007 9:05:37 AM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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