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Senior citizen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:35 PM
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Least competent rises to the top

When selecting a patsy the right wants someone who:

Is easy to manipulate
Can't think for themselves
Has something in the past that can be held over them to ensure cooperation
Isn't too bright
Owes them big-time
Won't ask too many questions

etc.


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AP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:38 PM
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1. Eisenhower, Reagan and W were patsies for the right. GHWB was the....
...pupetmaster for Reagan and W. Nixon was his own man. Watergate was Bush vs Nixon with Bush winning.

That's how I see American politics since 1952.
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WillyBrandt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:42 PM
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3. You're wrong on Ike. The conservative movement started in
reaction to too-moderate Eisenhower (and for other reasons...)
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AP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:47 PM
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4. Ike played golf through most of presidency and left the government
to his big donors to run.

At least, IIRC, that's how LBJ characterized him on his WH tapes.
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WillyBrandt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 07:11 AM
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7. I've always heard that was the image that Ike cultivated
Reading Caro's LBJ book, I wouldn't trust much of what LBJ said--even in private--at face value...
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tabasco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:41 PM
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2. Good acting skills are a plus.
You're absolutely correct. The repugs certainly do not want a leader or anybody with original thoughts. They want a stuffed shirt. Reagan is their perfect model. Did what he was told and put in a great performance as the wise cowboy / grandfather type. What an unbelievable sham. There are millions of gullible people in this country. There is a reason the repugs do not support good education. They want to make us all serfs, worshipping our Cowboy/Superman Fuhrer, and happily toiling in the factories for pennies a day.
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:48 PM
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5. Reminds me of Hacker
in Yes, Prime Minister
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:54 PM
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6. Similar premises in "The Peter Principle". Published in 1969, it is STILL
quite relevant today. I used to wonder how my bosses got where they were . . .
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LittleApple81 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 07:19 AM
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8. Somebody described this phenomenon as what happens in a septic tank:
Some organizations are like septic tanks: sh*t rises to the top.
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