Thursday, July 08, 2004

What Is With NYT Columnists This Week?

First Krugman.

Now Maureen Dowd "whiffs" it:

President Bush should have easily knocked a question about Mr. Edwards — nicknamed the Breck Girl by Bush officials — out of the park. But he whiffed. Steve Holland of Reuters noted that Senator Edwards was being described "as charming, engaging, a nimble campaigner, a populist and even sexy. How does he stack up against Dick Cheney?"

W. should have given a sly smile and drawled, "You mean you don't find Vice sexy?" Instead, he looked irritated and spit out his answer: "Dick Cheney can be president." Indeed, he already is.

Meanwhile back on Earth, all America was agog at Bush's zinger, which will go down for the ages alongside "There you go again" and "You're no Jack Kennedy". As Bush pointed his finger at another reporter for the next question, you could hear the bubble of Edwards-media-hype burst against it.

Pick any Oval Office duo in history, actual, nominated, or proposed-- would a leer from the Prez about his sexy Veep seem anything but creepy?

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