April 27, 2004


Via Clear and Present:

Democrats are furious about a statement by Republicans saying that comparing one of their candidates to presidential candidate John Kerry would be worse than comparing someone to the Ku Klux Klan.

The dispute started when The New York Times inadvertently published a photo of Republican Senate candidate Pete Coors above a story about a KKK member who murdered a black sharecropper. The Times published a correction Saturday.

Cinnamon Watson, spokeswoman for Coors, said the error was "so outrageous it's kind of funny. It could have been worse. Pete could have been identified as John Kerry."

Lots of other fun newsy links over at C&P. Speaking of Kerry, Mark Steyn asks:

Do Americans want to hand over responsibility for Iraq to someone who won't even take responsibility for the car in his driveway?

Kerry lately seems to have forgotten the First Rule of politics: be nice to children:

Bored with the political speechmaking in Harlem's Alhambra Ballroom, 6-year-old Iris Kerry Kaler reached out with both arms for her uncle, Sen. John Kerry, to pick her up.

The Massachusetts senator, however, ignored his niece's entreaty, offering Iris only an awkward pat on the stomach despite the array of television cameras poised to record the potentially precious moment.

Look, I know the guy’s still recovering from shoulder surgery, but a pat on the stomach was all he could manage? Another rule of politics: remember what the hell you’re meant to be doing:

Mrs. Kerry asked Rep. Bob Brady, master of ceremonies at the event, whether she could introduce Gov. Edward Rendell (who in turn would introduce the prospective Democratic presidential nominee). The candidate's wife then launched into a 10-minute speech about her early life in Mozambique and on the iniquities of George W. Bush, but forgot to introduce Rendell.

After the event concluded, Brady told a Kerry aide: "Next time you come to Philadelphia, leave her in Pittsburgh."

Posted by Tim Blair at April 27, 2004 01:56 AM

And imagine how the Sad Old Tree would fare in tough Reykjavik-like negotiations if he wore that smiley-face thingo on his zipper.

It could lead to NUCLEAR WAR.

Posted by: CurrencyLad at April 27, 2004 at 02:05 AM

Holy crap, a politician with a sense of humor, cant have that!

Posted by: Ryan at April 27, 2004 at 02:35 AM

Why are the Democrats suddenly so incensed about KKK comparisons? How does Grand Dragon Robert Byrd feel about this?

And how the heck did the Dems turn into the party of hopeless stogey squares, while Pete Coors gets a woman named CINNAMON as his spokesperson?

Every political stereotype I've been raised on is a lie! BWAAAAH!

Posted by: Sortelli at April 27, 2004 at 10:08 AM

Sortelli, are you familiar with Coors? If so, I'll make the point for other non-Yanks. My apologies.

The Coors family is into beer. Yes, yes, Yank beer, but it's not bad at all. Just a little light. The thing is, Coors has always been something of a cutting edge company. When I was in college, Coors beer couldn't be sold in some states (like mine), as it was not pasteurized, one of the few beers to go that route. Coors was a "regional brand", and hard to get.

Indeed, "Coors runs" were a good way to make a fast buck on our campus. Rent a truck, collect orders, drive far, return, and make a killing. For us ignorant college students back then, Coors was Good Stuff.

The point is that Coors has become a national brand in spite of all that bureaucratic red tape and stupifying laws.

That his spokeswoman is named Cinnamon is unsurprising. To me, anyway. It goes with the company.

Now, the Dems getting upset over KKK comparisons, that's funny! It's rather like the pot calling the kettle black.

Posted by: JeffS at April 27, 2004 at 11:30 AM

Actually, I didn't know that Coors was connected to... well... Coors.

Posted by: Sortelli at April 27, 2004 at 02:06 PM

I'll bet that Cinnamon was given the go ahead to make that comment to the press by Pete Coors himself. It sounds like him, from what I remember.

Being paid to piss off idiots. God, for a job like that!

Posted by: JeffS at April 27, 2004 at 03:41 PM

Hey-- thanks for the link! I've added this blog to the list of links on mine, if you don't mind.

Posted by: Mike at April 28, 2004 at 01:40 AM