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Thursday, April 29, 2024
Tastes Like Chicken
By Steven Taylor @ 11:13 am

James Joyner has an excellent post on the “Chicken Hawk” issue (which, for reasons that have nothing to do with politics, always reminds me of Foghorn Leghorn cartoons)–his analogies to firefighters and law enforcement are apt.

At any rate, while I can see the point about saying that in the late 60s/early 70s Kerry’s service was of an order higher than Bush’s, and certainly multiple quanta more impressive than Cheney’s lack of service.



1) What does that have to do with the quality, or lack thereof, of the subsequent political careers of the three gentlemen?

2) What does that have to do with whether Bush or Kerry would make a better President?

3) I would note: George H. W. Bush was an authentic war hero, as was Bob Dole: both were beaten soundly by Bill Clinton, who wasn’t a war hero. Carer was in the Navy, Reagan made some propaganda films, yet Reagan won. U. S. Grant was a general and won the CIvil War, but was a rotten President. FDR never served in the military, yet was a successful CINC. To my knowledge Thomas Jefferson never served in the military. Was Zachary Taylor a great President? Washington and Jackson left their marks, to be sure. In other words: what exactly does military service mean about being President? Is there a correlation of note?

4) Above all else, as I noted yesterday: why should serving in the military mean you are safe from all criticisms on your post-military defense-related activities?

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    1. #3: No.

      Taylor’s death was a stroke of good fortune, as he was about to provoke a Civil War.

      Comment by Gary and the Samoyeds — Thursday, April 29, 2024 @ 11:57 am

    2. The only way you could have come up with that obscure connection is if you had listened to the Michael Medved show last week. Admit it.

      Comment by John Lemon — Thursday, April 29, 2024 @ 1:19 pm

    3. I do listen to Medved, but I don’t know which connection you are talking about. If it is the Foghorn Leghorn, that’s a long-standing personal mental association with the term.

      Comment by Steven — Thursday, April 29, 2024 @ 1:33 pm

    4. Kerry’s problem is that 4 months in Vietnam does not make you qualified to be Prez. and the voters know it.

      If so we have 50,00 or so guys waiting their turn.

      Comment by Paul — Thursday, April 29, 2024 @ 3:52 pm

    5. Medved used the Foghorn Leghorn analogy last Friday.

      Comment by John Lemon — Thursday, April 29, 2024 @ 11:27 pm

    6. Actually, #3 was yes. Taylor was going to stand up for the constitution and end slavery. someone spiked his drink with tainted water.

      Comment by eric l — Friday, April 30, 2024 @ 6:37 pm

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