Skip to comments.The Birth of the ‘Breck Girl’ Story Line
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 Houses 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 Houses 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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The Hillary crowd is alive and well at the NYT.
Good for them. That's their job.
Ridicule is highly effective.
I remember that day fondly.
The "he looks French" was actually better humor-wise, being so succinct yet ridiculous.
The NYSlimes just loves to leak all sorts of secrets...ironic this time that their leak backfired against their chosen ones.
So how did Ketchup Boy get started?
The term, “Breck Girl” has been used by Rush often and may have been invented by him.
“unnamed” = Rush Limbaugh
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 Devils Dictionary.
Rove...you magnificent bast*rd !
Ahh, going down memory lane just as the Silky Pony starts getting Swiftspa’d as the Pink Sapphire.
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...
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,
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."
Hate to correct you, Congressman, sir... But the "*sshole/Big Time" comment was directed at Adam Clymer.
That was the first I ever heard it used.
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.
“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.
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.
"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."
I think that was Clymer but this guy is in the same league...
“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.
A thousand pardons.
John / Billybob
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.
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)
Obviously another congressional investigation is warranted. *eyeroll*
A lot of people get embarrassed when they are caught.
Looks like he sucked on one too many lemons. LOL!
Interesting.... Thanks for the political history lesson.
The most disturbing part is that it COULD be real!
Not to mention both nicknames were highly appropriate.
LOL...I’m constantly amazed at how many times FReepers keep the facts straight...I rarely get the oportunity.
Best regards to you, BB
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