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Wednesday, July 07, 2004


Via DeLong, Jack Balkin has the definitive response to the Bush campaign's "First Choice" ad (viewable at One-Termer Central):
I see that Bush is now running an ad noting that McCain was Kerry's first choice for Vice-President.

The Dems should run an ad noting that Al Gore was the country's first choice for President.

Yes, that's funny, but I'm a man of discriminating taste when tasty irony is concerned. Couldn't we find something a little more, um, direct?

Turns out the answer is yes: Dick Cheney -- Bush's second choice.

Yep, that's right, via Kos, McCain himself, while making the morning news rounds in March, told multiple news outlets that Bush had asked him to be the VP candidate in 2000, but he refused.

And of course, let's not forget that Cheney was the head of Bush's VP search committee before becoming the nominee, meaning other candidates both 1) were considered (Ridge), and 2) turned Bush down (McCain).

Take it away, Death Cab for Cutie:

Ba baaaa, ba baaaa
Dick is the sound of settling!

Ok, that was strained.


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