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Sources say Dick Cheney's speech will include the line, "people tell me that Senator Edwards got picked for his good looks, his sex appeal, and his great hair. I say to them: How do you think I got the job."

Brought a smile to my face. Credit where due.

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Yer right; that is really funny.

Posted by: Matt Davis | Sep 1, 2004 7:51:06 PM


Posted by: praktike | Sep 1, 2004 8:04:27 PM

They've been making that joke for weeks...

Posted by: hun | Sep 1, 2004 8:20:13 PM

Yeah? but what about the delivery?

Posted by: Tilli (Mojave Desert) | Sep 1, 2004 8:22:41 PM

Well, Dick was the recruiter, and we know that he doesn't have a reflection...

Posted by: ahem | Sep 1, 2004 8:25:36 PM

Are you aware that there is a photograph of George Bush wearing an Air Force medal he did not earn?



Posted by: Bart | Sep 1, 2004 8:25:47 PM

Yeah, it was worth a chuckle. But unlike a good joke/quip that gets better the deeper you get into it, once you strip away the initial layer of apparent good humour of Cheney's remark, there's nothing but cynicism & sarcasm left.

Obviously Dick knows he's not a handsome man, at least measured against Edwards. What he's tacitly saying here is "Yeah, I ain't no pretty boy, but I know my shit better than some fucking Ken doll". Sorry for the salty language -- I was just getting into character...

Posted by: ripdash | Sep 1, 2004 8:32:52 PM

They should save that line for Bush:

"People say John Kerry should be elected president because of his intelligence, experience, and seriousness. Hey, why do you think I should be elected?"

Nah, guess that doesn't work...

Posted by: Irfo | Sep 1, 2004 9:15:57 PM

It was sort of amusing the first time I heard it. But that was a day or two after Edwards was picked. Since then, I think that George W. has used the line three or four times about the VP. Maybe Cheney once or twice, but I can't be sure. Hasn't gotten funnier through repetition. Really funny when one recalls that Cheney picked himself.

Posted by: Brian C.B. | Sep 1, 2004 9:17:53 PM

I thought, of the Republicans, Cheney was the best looking, sexiest, best-coiffed candidate.

Posted by: Drew | Sep 1, 2004 10:01:19 PM

Nice tactical move to credit that antediluvian captatio benevolentiae device as a noteworthy moment of RNC convention humor. I don't often see the GOP surpass that level. Unless they're roaring with laughter in DC at the thought that 48% of US voters actually still support George Bush: pomo humor.

Posted by: John Isbell | Sep 1, 2004 10:15:21 PM

Good cal matt. Just saw it live. It was a good line. Cheney's delivery is pretty good.

Posted by: patience | Sep 1, 2004 10:26:17 PM

Gee, I don't think it's such a great line...

I hear it, laugh a little, then say, "How *did* Cheney get the job? Oh yeah, that's right -- he picked himself..."

Is this what he wants to remind his listeners?

Posted by: Alex R | Sep 1, 2004 10:53:26 PM

Ick! You mentioned your face, which made me think about your face, which made me exclaim, "Ick!"

Posted by: dellis | Sep 1, 2004 11:09:18 PM

On a side note, did anyone notice how Mary Cheney was not on stage with the Cheney clan?

Posted by: David | Sep 1, 2004 11:13:16 PM

Sat through the whole speech. The Cheney arguement is that we must select Bush to see through the "successful foreign policies" of his administration, and that Kerry is unqualified for having a voting record. In the byzantine world of the congress voting complexities should be no surprise, though Rove's marketing squad must think it sells well. And the foreign policy of Team Bush has already fallen through the thin ice it was built on.

Cheney was a disappointment, I hoped for a policy speech, should have known better. The election is critical, but to reverse the policy missteps of the Bush administration, not to rubber stamp the disaster. Time to unmuzzle Edwards.

Team Bush has no success to speak of, not Iraq, not Afganistan, not domestically. The legislation they have passed has been widely underfunded and unsuccessful.

After we sit through the Bush speech its time to pick 4 or five key policy points and repeat them endlessly. Case in point the economy in MA is not doing well, and has been hit hard in the shift from tech to military pork.

The democratic strategy must be a massive vote turn out, coupled with a consistent unflappable message. There are more democrats then repubs nationally. All dems past and present must get out in force.

The gloves are off. Zell miller has shown us the win at any cost desperation that underlies the current GOP. They are not to be underestimated. Its time to hammer Team Bush on all their failings while trumpeting the new energy policy, the fallacy of the homeland security support, the real costs of empirialism etc. Abu Ghraib, the spy scandals, the Intelligence failures everything needs to come out.

The republicans think they can joke themselves to victory. This mess they have created is no laughing matter. By not taking the high road they have guaranteed the UGLIEST campaign in history. This is going to be a drag down knock out fight, because the Team Bush unlike General Lee doesn't know when to surrender.

No Mercy. Until after Kerry is in office. God forgive us. God forgive them.

Posted by: patience | Sep 1, 2004 11:17:53 PM

It was kinda funny the first time I heard it, now it's just sad. I listened in for a few minutes then got disgusted and had to write about it on my blog.

Posted by: Nate | Sep 1, 2004 11:31:17 PM

Let's not forget how he did get the job. He led GWB's search for VP and in the end chose himself!

Posted by: Andrew Boucher | Sep 2, 2004 1:09:22 AM

Has anyone pointed out that Cheney picked himself yet?

Posted by: Jaybird | Sep 2, 2004 2:14:08 PM

i heard that Dick Cheney picked himself to be vice president.

Posted by: dork | Sep 2, 2004 6:50:33 PM

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