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powergirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 02:28 PM
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In Clean Politics, Flesh Is Pressed, Then Sanitized - this is why I like Bill Richardson for Prez
Edited on Sat Oct-28-06 02:29 PM by powergirl
Like so many other people involved in politics these days, Mrs. Ryun has become obsessive about using hand sanitizer and ensuring that others do, too. She squirted Purell, the antiseptic goop of choice on the stump and self-proclaimed killer of 99.99 percent of most common germs that may cause illness, on people lined up to meet Vice President Dick Cheney this month at a fund-raiser in Topeka.

When Mr. Cheney was done meeting and greeting, he, too, rubbed his hands vigorously with the stuff, dispensed in dollops by an aide when the vice president was out of public view.

That has become routine in this peak season of handshaking, practiced by everyone from the most powerful leaders to the lowliest hopefuls. Politics is personal at all levels, and germs do not discriminate. Like chicken dinners and lobbyists, they afflict Democrats and Republicans alike. It would be difficult to find an entourage that does not have at least one aide packing Purell.

Some people find that unseemly in itself.

Its condescending to the voters, said Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, a Democrat.

A fervent nonuser of hand sanitizer, Mr. Richardson holds the Guinness Book of World Records mark for shaking the most hands over an eight-hour period (13,392, at the New Mexico State Fair in 2002).

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For what it is worth, Howard Dean, also a doctor and the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said he did not bother with the stuff, either.

If youve had children, youre immune to everything, said Mr. Dean, a father of two.

As with most things, this places Mr. Dean at loggerheads with President Bush.

Good stuff, keeps you from getting colds, Mr. Bush raved about hand sanitizer to Senator Barack Obama, Democrat of Illinois, at a White House encounter early last year.

Mr. Obama, who recounts the episode in his new book, says that after rubbing a blob of it on his own hands, the president offered him some, which he accepted (not wanting to appear unhygienic.)


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Mr. Richardson said that if he ran for president, as he is considering, he had no intention of conforming to the norms of his antiseptic peers.

I just wont use the sanitizer, he said. Ive been offered it, but Ive turned it down.

This positions Mr. Richardson as the early hygienic maverick of 2008.

Im not afraid to get my hands dirty, he said.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/28/us/politics/28dirty.h...


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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 02:32 PM
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1. Oh, this is glorious.
And I think Purell should think about bringing out a commercial using Bush's endorsement.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 02:34 PM
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2. RE: Richardson and post-2004 election:
The bolded text pretty much says it all for me.

http://www.sandersresearch.com/index.php?option=com_con...

The voting-industrial complex

New Mexicos Secretary of State, Rebecca Vigil-Giron, seemed curiously uncurious about Hispanic and Native precincts where nearly one in ten voters couldnt be bothered to choose a president.

Vigil-Giron, along with Governor Bill Richardson, not only stopped any attempt at a recount directly following the election, but demanded that all the machines be wiped clean. This not only concealed evidence of potential fraud but destroyed it. In 2006, New Mexicos Supreme Court ruled the Secretary of States machine-cleaning job illegal too late to change the outcome of the election, of course.
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Withywindle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 02:37 PM
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3. Bwahahahahah!
And Dean's a doctor, after all. If he's not worried, that makes everyone else look sissy.

That story with Bush and Obama still horrifies me. Talk about Etiquette Hell.

FWIW, I saw Russ Feingold and John Kerry going nuts with the shaking-hands-of-thousands up close in Madison WI in '04 and not a squirt in sight. They may have before or after but if they did it was discreet and not the least bit obsessive-compulsive.

She squirted Purell, the antiseptic goop of choice on the stump and self-proclaimed killer of 99.99 percent of most common germs that may cause illness, on people lined up to meet Vice President Dick Cheney this month at a fund-raiser in Topeka.

I would be looking for the sage-smoke and holy-water line after I had to touch Cheney, myself.
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razors edge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 02:54 PM
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4. They have to return to their bubble
ASAP after being in contact with their employers, or as they consider them, donors. Sort of like Dracula returning to the coffin after snacking on a blood donor.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 02:56 PM
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5. Priceless...
"For what it is worth, Howard Dean, also a doctor and the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said he did not bother with the stuff, either.

If youve had children, youre immune to everything, said Mr. Dean, a father of two.

As with most things, this places Mr. Dean at loggerheads with President Bush."

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