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Comparing the misspent youth of Kerry and Bush

February 27, 2004 5:13 PM

Ryan Lizza at the New Republic makes a hilarious comparison between Bush and Kerry's past. His point is that if the Bush campaign is going to dig up all the crazy stuff Kerry said as a kid, then all the crazy stuff Bush did as a kid should be fair game. Check it out:

Kerry in 1970: In His First Campaign For Congress, Kerry Wanted To Defund CIA. In 1970, Kerry told The Harvard Crimson he wanted "to almost eliminate CIA activity." (Samuel Z. Goldhaber, "John Kerry: A Navy Dove Runs For Congress," The Harvard Crimson, 2/18/70)

Bush in 1972: After Smashing Into Trash Cans, Bush Wanted To Fight Future Head of CIA. "In a now famous incident, [Bush] took his then-16-year-old brother, Marvin, out drinking and ran over a neighbor's garbage cans on the way home; and when confronted by his father, he challenged him to go 'mano a mano'outside." (Lois Romano and Mike Allen, "Guard Records on President are Released," The Washington Post, 2/11/04)

Kerry in 1984: As Lieutenant Governor Kerry Used His Position To Oppose Reagan Defense Increases. "As Lieutenant Governor, John Kerry has spoken out against the Reagan defense increases, and, in his capacity as head of the state's Office of Federal/State relations, has criticized the Reagan administration for spending federal resources on dangerous and wasteful weapons systems..." ("Senate Candidate Questionnaire," Massachusetts Freeze Voter '84, 5/25/84)
Bush in 1986: As Struggling Oilman, Bush Drank a Lot. "On July 28, 1986, George W. Bush woke up with a hangover. It had been a loud, liquid night at the venerable Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs as he and friends from Texas celebrated their collective 40th birthdays. Now, as he embarked on his ritual morning run through a spectacular Rockies landscape, Bush felt lousy.... A charismatic partier since his school days, Bush liked to drink what he called the four Bs--beer, bourbon and B&B." (Lois Romano, "1986: A Life-Changing Year; Epiphany Fueled Candidate's Climb," The Washington Post, 7/25/99)
Kerry in 1991: In 1991 Sen. Kerry Was One Of Only 16 To Vote Against A Defense Budget Including: B-1 Bomber, B-2 Stealth Bomber, F-14, F-15, F-16, Patriot Missiles, Aegis Air Defense Cruiser, Trident Missile System For U.S. Submarines, M-1 Abrams Tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Tomahawk Cruise Missile. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay) Bush in 1991: In 1991, Bush Was One Of A Thousand People to Form Human Chain Around Stadium. "While President Bush was urging support in Congress for his Middle East policy, son George W. Bush and his twin daughters joined a human chain to show support for a new facility for his Texas Rangers." ("President's Son, Others Encircle Stadium To Support Tax," U.P.I., 1/13/91)

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Read the 3 comments.

Larry YnotMe:

Reading these comments would lead any intelligent independent person to conclude we have two idiots running. The only clear, present and correct action is to elect me president. So what are you all waiting for???

If each of you tells 7 others to write my name in, and if they then tell 7 others to do the same, and so on and so forth...

Mon Aug 9 2004 5:23 PM


i dont think that you know what you are talking about, just because you dont like Bush you are picking at him for no good reason. Kerry is givig women a right to murder their OWN children, what if he was president during the time of you birth and your mom wanted to have a abortion. You wouldnt be here to say all that you are saying right now. ANd plus all these gay rights, now that just gross, God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve. Think about that before you vote for this man.

Tue Oct 26 2004 9:03 AM


Does anyone else get the feeling that Michedra stumbled upon this 8-month-old post through a Google search, and that the purpose of that Google search was to find something to offend her values that she could complain about?

I get a lot of hits on my website from the religious right's Googles, and they always make sure to leave comments.

Just curious. And yes, I am posting this because I noticed it and thought I would complain about *that*. I'll admit it.

Tue Oct 26 2004 4:54 PM

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