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  •  nail on the head (4.00)
    "Bush's daughters were already used as a political ploy in favor of his "election" and "re-election"."

    The Bush family can't have it both ways.  

    If they want to use the image of a tight-knit, wonderful American family for political P.R., then they've already opened the door to this.  

    Personally, I don't feel any squeamishness about this.  At all.  They've made this about all our families, and especially families like the heroic Ms. Sheehan's.  They don't respect our families, or our privacy.  And they want us to worship at their cult of Bush personality, but not come in for a REAL look.  

    Screw that.

    But if one is hesitant about crossing some kind of ethical line (one I don't understand, at this point), then I think it's perfectly legit to ask the question this way:

    Mr. President, since you say that the war in Iraq is such a generation-defining struggle, and it's so crucial to the security of the United States, and democracy itself... have you encouraged your daughters to serve in Iraq?

    If President Bubble Boy ever deigned to answer --unlikely as that is -- it might be something like:

    "My daughters support the struggle for Freedom.  But they are adults, and old enough to make decisions for themselves."

    And that's where reporters usually roll over and play dead.  (Well, actually that point is usually before the first question is even asked.   But humor me here.)

    But if someday God grants us a real reporter who is allowed to ask unscripted questions to Mr. Bubble, and does so, the followup goes:

    Yes sir, of course they're old enough to make their own decisions.  But that wasn't my question.  I asked if YOU ENCOURAGED THEM TO SERVE, since Iraq is so important to our country's safety and survival.  Sure, your daughters might turn down your request, but... have you tried to persuade them to go?  To clarify, I'm asking about something you either did or didn't do, sir...not theoretically, and not anything about your daughters' responses to what you did, or said.

    And then...

    Ah.  Sad, really.  I'm making up imaginary journalists who are brave enough to ask questions, and not be spun.  

    Excuse me, gotta go weep.    

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