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  •  You hit the nail on the head. (3+ / 0-)
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    peraspera, ppluto, Inland

    The proof of your point is in this paragraph where he trots out examples and neglects to include the biggest poseur of the lot:

    Think of John Kerry visiting a Wendy’s or Bill Frist impersonating a Bible thumper. This week, witness Pelosi going on her all-about-me inauguration tour, which is designed to rebrand her as a regular Catholic grandma from Baltimore. Members of the middle classes never have to mount campaign swings to prove how regular they are, but these upper-bracket types can’t help themselves, and they always lay it on too thick.

    All I could think of was: You mean like GWB prancing around his ranch "cutting brush" for photo op after photo op? You mean like GWB giving his speech in New Orleans with no tie and his sleeves rolled up?

    Laying it on too thick indeed.

    "Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence; Conservatism is distrust of the people, tempered by fear" Wm. Gladstone

    by lcbo on Thu Jan 04, 2007 at 10:00:52 AM PST

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    •  Excerpt From "The Onion" (1+ / 0-)
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      Long-Awaited Beer With Bush Really Awkward, Voter Reports
      November 16, 2005 | Issue 41•46

      Bush asked Reinard if he had any hobbies, and Reinard told the president that he enjoys spending weekends with his children on local lakes in his small aluminum boat.

      "Mr. Bush, I mean George, seemed to like that, and I felt that we finally made a connection," Reinard said. "But then he started telling me about this one time he was on a yacht with some Arab prince and they spent four hours landing a sailfish."

      "It was a good story, but I just like catching a few bass with my kids is all," Reinard added. "I know he didn't mean to make me feel bad, but still."

      Reinard told the president that he has lived most of his life in the Warren area, except for several years he spent in nearby Jamestown, where he attended community college for a year. Bush told Reinard he was born in New Haven, CT, and grew up in Texas before attending Yale University as an undergraduate and earning his MBA from Harvard, all while maintaining membership in many exclusive clubs.

      "I asked George how much it costs to be in those social clubs, but he said he didn't remember," Reinard said. "I think he just didn't want to say the amount. He'd change the subject on me a lot, say he did a lot of partying back then, but that was all behind him now, since he found the Lord, or whatever."

      It's the proto-fascism

      by Inland on Thu Jan 04, 2007 at 12:32:37 PM PST

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