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Cocoa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:52 PM
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AP blows the whistle on Edwards event
Here's the shocker: it's staged! :eyes:


http://www.newsday.com/news/politics/wire/sns-ap-front-...

DURHAM, N.C. -- The front porch conjures up images of rocking chairs, lazy summer afternoons and icy drinks. But not in election-year politics as Democrats John Kerry and John Edwards use the setting to reach out to voters in choreographed events with miked candidates and hand-picked audiences.

"The most important thing you can do as a political leader is not to talk, but to listen," Edwards said Monday from the front porch of the split-level home of Durham's Democratic mayor, Bill Bell.

It might have looked as though Sen. Edwards just stopped by for a folksy chat in this leafy, upper middle-class neighborhood in his home state.

But the neighbors and friends were hand picked. A large camera stand stood on the lawn. Satellite trucks lined the street. Electrical cables snaked everywhere. Dozens of reporters and photographers were present. A man pushing a lawnmower was stopped by police from getting any closer.

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Catfight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:55 PM
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Oh please, this is ridiculous, we already KNOW Bush has that market
cornered. We don't use Republician tactics, we actually have people who WANT to attend our meetings!
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Beetwasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:55 PM
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1. So I Suppose They Will Expose All Of The Chimp's Handpicked
audiences at his appearances?
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Bluzmann57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:55 PM
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2. The point is?
I mean ALL of bush's crap is staged, and frankly, most political situations like the one you described are staged. No story here.
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leyton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:57 PM
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3. This just in: Kerry's speeches not improvised but written ahead of time!
Bush, who botches the English language without needing preparation, politely blasted the liberal treehugger from Taxachusetts for being such a pansy.
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rfranklin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:58 PM
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4. Gee, and all of Bush's appearance are natural phenomena....
They're Goring are candidates again.
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jdsmith Donating Member (612 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 04:00 PM
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5. How many of you remember that hay bale in Crawford?
And those rustic farm buildings--gosh, I'll bet that America's jest-folks President milks his own personal cow in one of them.
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Media_Lies_Daily Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 04:00 PM
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6. And your point is....??
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markus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 04:04 PM
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7. Anybody here the former advance man's bit on NPR this weekend?
I wonder if somebody heard it and used it for a story idea.

Of course, what is the *point* of giving the Bushistas a free platform to say "fouth most liberal", etc.? I mean, if that's there response to a question on the staging, why bother to print it?
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Nite Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 04:07 PM
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8. Oh pleeeze
they don't really think Edwards would appear on someones doorstep with some guy holding a little camcorder. Where's all the stories about the Bushies* being shipped in and shaken down?
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spooky3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 04:09 PM
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9. How DARE he ask the permission of homeowners!
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 05:40 PM
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10. Staged? Remember these?

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Cocoa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 06:34 PM
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12. that wasn't staged
Edited on Mon Jul-19-04 06:36 PM by Cocoa
Bush just happened to be flying by.

As for the banner, the sailors requested it. Here's a (satirical) first-hand account of how it all went down...

http://www.lasvegasmercury.com/2004/MERC-Jun-10-Thu-200...

Rear Admiral John Kelly is just the kind of leader you want at sea: strong but fair. I told him what me and the guys were cooking up and he listened patiently.

"I like your initiative, Seamen Whetsel," Kelly said. "I do. It shows spunk. But I can't allow it."

"Well, sir," I sputtered, "it's just that it'd mean so much to the fellas."

"Dammit, don't you think I know that?" Kelly said. "I'd do anything to make this crew happy. But it's a naked, partisan political ploy and I can't allow it on the taxpayers' dime."


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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 06:17 PM
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11. At least they aren't actors
Good lord, what these whores choose to turn into an issue. And people around here don't even want to challenge Ah-nuld on girlie-men. Why we lose, reason #2,394
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