Thank you Gov. Dukakis

In October of 1988 I met a cute redhead at a party in Hell’s Kitchen.  She was prim and proper and looked for all the world like the perfect Republican… except for the big “Mike Dukakis” button on her lapel.  It was this irresistible contrast the sparked me to strike up a conversation, and it was that conversation that ultimately led to this:

Tonight at the Invesco Field I had the opportunity to sit down next to Gov. Dukakis, shake his hand, show him that picture of my daughter, and personally thank him for the campaign that made her possible.  As overwhelmingly emotional as the entire night has been, that was undoubtedly my personal highlight.

Comments

  1. 1

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Mike was a better man than the salamander he lost to, and a far better man than the salamander’s weasel son.

  2. 3

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    A Democrat is to a Republican what a “plumber’s friend” is to a turd plugging up a toilet.

  3. 6

    howie in seattle spews:

    Coincidentally, I once thanked Brock Adams for allowing me to meet my future wife in 1986 when I worked on his campaign against Slade Gorton for U.S. Senate (he won!)and she was a volunteer. That was before he got in trouble for putting stuff in the drink of some lady (not his wife).

  4. 7

    Rick D. spews:

    I, for one, am shocked that Goldy was able to tear himself from the bathhouses long enough to procreate…

    Perhaps he’ll eventually live long enough to get the utopian socialist country he’d like where Obama or one of his surrogates will actually raise his own grandchild for his daughter as she is obviously too stupid,lazy or incompetent to do so on her own as indicated by the Democratic party message illuminated by Barack Obama tonight.

    Wiping their ass from birth to death……….it’s the Democratic party way.

  5. 8

    Robert spews:

    Shorter Rick D:
    blah blah blah socialist blah blah blah
    Talk about stupid, lazy, and incompetent – it’s the Republican Way!

  6. 9

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    McShame Veep Speculation Shifts To Alaska’s Palin

    Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said this morning he is not McShame’s veep pick. Meanwhile, a private jet from Alaska reportedly landed in Dayton, Ohio, where McShame plans to announce his choice today.

    Choosing Alaska Gov. Palin would confirm rumors that several big-name Republicans have shied away from joining a Third-Term McShame ticket, because Palin (age 44) is a newcomer to national politics from a solidly Republican state who brings virtually nothing to the ticket except gender.

    The rumors swirling around Palin are perhaps prescient of a top Republican who opined yesterday that “the lucky Republicans are the ones who are not on the ticket.”

    For the young Palin, it’s a no-risk deal that offers national exposure without cost. After being defeated in November, she could return to being Alaska’s governor and aim for an eventual U.S. senate seat. For McShame, November’s impending defeat will mean retirement, and a wide-open race for whichever hapless GOP souls are foolish enough to challenge President Obama’s re-election bid in 2012.

  7. 10

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Palin’s Ridiculous Lack of Experience

    Sarah Palin has been Alaska’s governor for about 20 months. Her only previous political experience was 4 years on the city council of Wasilla, Alaska, a town whose 2000 census population was less than 5,500 people.

    This is who McCain would choose to succeed him if his 71-year-old ticker quits? Absurd! That would be like electing someone from the Renton School Board or the Fife Water District president.

    Sorry, folks, but the White House is not an entry-level job and given the status of McCain’s dementia the reality is that if the GOP ticket somehow wins in November, McCain’s vice president is very likely to assume the responsibilities, if not the actual office, of the presidency.

  8. 11

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @6 What are you moaning about? Bush didn’t raise his daughters. From their out-of-control public behavior, it’s obvious they had no parental supervision or upbringing whatsoever. Like him, they were raised in caves by wolves.

  9. 12

    spews:

    Cute kid.

    I wonder if a study has ever been done that shows if offspring tend to take the party affiliation of their parents? I’d be curious if most of the people here had liberal or conservative parents. I turned out the opposite of mine. My parents were Republicans.

  10. 13

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Besides, Palin is a fucking socialist.

    “Matanuska Maid Dairy closure

    “When the Alaska Creamery Board recommended closing Matanuska Maid Dairy, an unprofitable state-owned business, Palin objected, citing concern for the impact on dairy farmers and the fact that the Dairy had just received $600,000 in state money. When Palin learned that only the Board of Agriculture and Conservation could appoint Creamery Board members, she … replaced the entire … Board of Agriculture and Conservation. The new board … reversed the decision to close [and] approved milk price increases … in an attempt to control fiscal losses, even though milk from Washington was already offered in Alaskan stores at lower prices. In the end, the dairy was forced to close, and the state tried to sell the assets to pay off its debts but received no bids.”

    (Quoted from Wikipedia under fair use; emphasis added by The Roger Rabbit Editorial Board)

  11. 14

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    But then, it’s hard to find a Republican who isn’t a fucking socialist. For all the lip service they pay to “free markets” and “competition,” in reality the Looter Class lives off the taxes paid by the working and middle classes (a/k/a the Looted Classes). For example, Bush’s cabinet is filled with ex-CEOs, but not one of them ever ran a company that had to make a profit in an open competitive market — they’re all experts at sucking on the public tit.

  12. 15

    busdrivermike spews:

    Roger, if that is true, and Sarah Palin is the choice, would it be too mean to have a bumper sticker that says:

    McCain/Random Vagina ’08?

    Maybe the Secret Service could use that as her call sign.

  13. 16

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    It’s not surprising that the GOP has become America’s socialist-leaning party, as all the prominent neocons who dominate the party’s ideology and agenda are former commies of the Trotskyite school who, after rationalizing away what they saw as trivial details of central economic planning, concluded that communism and fascism are essentially the same except for the salaries.

  14. 18

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    More likely she was the 150th name on McCain’s “short list” after the first 149 turned him down. And if she didn’t take it, he was going to reach into a city council in Oklahoma or Guam.

  15. 19

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @11 “Troll spews: … I turned out the opposite of mine. My parents were Republicans.”

    So how did your Republican parents manage to have a Martian child?

  16. 20

    busdrivermike spews:

    Drudge has a campaign button of McCain/Random Vagina. The expressions on their faces look like McCain/RV were caught in a restaurant with the secretary who can’t believe her luck at having “snatched” the CEO.

  17. 21

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Seattle Times: McCain Picks Palin

    Although the announcement is not official yet, the Seattle Times’ headline story this morning is that Palin is indeed McCain’s veep pick.

    The information comes from the Associated Press who attributed it to “two senior campaign officials.”

  18. 22

    World of WTF? spews:

    @6 Not sure that experience is the characteristic that you want to be pick on, seeing that Obamessiah’s main accomplishment seems to be head of the Harvard Law Review. Remember, the only reason he even got himself elected senator is that Ryan preferred watching his wife bang other guys, opening the door for B. Hussein to coast to victory over certifiable nut-bag Alan Keyes. Otherwise, he would still be in Chicago sipping white whine with terrorist scum like Bill Ayers.

    McCain puts Palin on the ticket and many of those women who had tears in their eyes when Hillary lost the nomination because they wanted so badly to see a woman in the White House and were pissed by the way she was treated are now in play.

  19. 24

    YLB spews:

    Palin is a hero to wingnuts.

    She’s so REPUBLICAN she actually cut REPUBLICAN state budgets.

    That’s an accomplishment!

  20. 26

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Reichert, Hastings, To Skip GOP Convention

    Spokesmen for the two G.O.P./B.I.A.W. Party congressmen announced yesterday they would not attend their party’s national convention next week. Other notable AWOLs from the convention include Dino Rossi and Oregon Senator Gordon Smith.

  21. 27

    YLB spews:

    And isn’t Palin caught up in some vendetta brouhaha?

    The woman has a mean streak – always a brownie point with the Rovians running McSame’s campaign.

  22. 28

    busdrivermike spews:

    Dan Quayle is no longer the worst pick for vice president ever.

    Man, it is like Christmas morning for the Democrats.

  23. 29

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Ditzy for Veep

    @23 “This girl … hardly looks like presidential material.”

    That’s got to be the HA Understatement Of The Month! With her pinned up hair, horn-rimmed glasses, and dangly earrings, she looks like a low-level administrative assistant in a minor municipal agency.

  24. 30

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Dino Rossi didn’t serve in the military. He was born in 1959. He was 21 years old — prime military age — during the Gulf War. Why did Dino avoid serving his country in wartime? I’m just an aging Vietnam Vet wondering if this young pup was yellow …

  25. 31

    delbert spews:

    Ha. Palin, as the VP candidate, has MORE executive experience than your Presidential candidate.

    And if Palin’s a socialist, call it straight. That makes Obama a communist. Obama’s call for “mandatory volunteerism” springs to mind.

    Add in the demand for criminal prosecution of your political enemies (see Kurtz, Stanley – currently looking into the links between Obama and the weather underground terrorists.) and you have the makings of a right fine Soviet.

    Face it, y’all are just pissed McCain’s pick of Palin dropped your convention bounce like a wet souffle.

  26. 32

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    McCain may take himself seriously, but any serious Republican strategist will regard a McCain/Palin ticket as a throwaway and this election as a goner. People who make their living by trying to elect Republicans are already focusing on 2012.

  27. 33

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @29 How much executive experience did Lincoln have? But if you want to cast it in those terms, my local sewer district manager has more executive experience than McCain and Palin combined.

  28. 34

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @29 “mandatory volunteerism”

    Well that makes Bush a fucking commie, too, because what do you think a “stop loss” order is?

  29. 35

    YellowPup spews:

    Nice photo, Goldy. She has your smile. A second generation of HA.org coming up?

    Dukakis was my first presidential vote, so he has some significance for me as well, at least in my political life.

  30. 36

    Steve spews:

    @30 They would be far better off focusing on 2024.

    It was wonderful watching Puddy’s head explode last night. It rivaled the fireworks in Denver. Cleaning up the goat shit residue from the walls and ceiling was a pain, but well worth it.

  31. 37

    busdrivermike spews:

    #29

    Heeheeheeeheeehheeeeheeeheeeheeehee!

    Random Vagina. Hoohoohooheeheehee!

    Sarah Palin……you cannot be serious. Heeeheeheeeee!

    Haaaaahaaaahaaaaahaaaaaa!!!!!

    I’m laughing like Heath Ledger in Batman. I mean Sarah Palin!!!

    Bahaahaaahaaaahaahaaaahaaaa!!!

  32. 39

    busdrivermike spews:

    Sarah Palin…because Mitt Romney has no vagina..BAhhhhaaaaaahaaaaahooohooooohoooheeeheeeheee.

    I can hardly wait for the Hillary quote.

    Is it snowing outside, because it sure feels like Christmas!

  33. 40

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @34 I agree puddy provided an entertaining sideshow to the Democratic convention, much livelier than the silly “toga” party staged in Denver’s streets by the RNC’s bussed-in idiots-for-hire.

  34. 41

    BigGlen spews:

    McCain picks Sarah Palin. Now tie her to Uncle Ted and sink them both like a stone. Just what this country needs as a VP, some one who is mean and avenge full. When the head of the Alaska State Troopers would not fire her ex-brother in-law she fired him.

  35. 43

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    He probably picked her because she’s the only person in the Republican Party shorter than him. Osteoporosis is a bitch. Standing next to Romney or Pawlenty, he’d look like a munchkin.

  36. 44

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @39 Do her kids lynch dogs in Boy Scout camp? Ooops, that was G.O.P. Party Gov. Hick-a-bee!

  37. 45

    Steve spews:

    @40 People can do funny things when desparation sets in.

    Republicans will be partying next week as a hurricane slams into the Gulf. Why does God hate Republicans?

  38. 48

    busdrivermike spews:

    #29

    I just read your post again…..heeeheeeheeehaaahaaahaaahaahoooohoohoo!!

    I guess Alaska is no longer in play. Bahaaahaaaahaaa!! hooohoohoooho!!!heeeheeheeeeeeeeeeee!!!

  39. 49

    busdrivermike spews:

    #44

    Yeah he his. He just heard who McCain picked for VP.

    Hooohoohoooheeeeeeee!!!

  40. 50

    YLB spews:

    LMAO!!

    In fact, she said she doesn’t know what the vice president does.

    Larry Kudlow of CNBC’s “Kudlow & Co.” asked her about the possibility of becoming McCain’s ticket mate.
    Palin replied: “As for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day? I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration. We want to make sure that that VP slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that we’re trying to accomplish up here for the rest of the U.S., before I can even start addressing that question.”

    http://www.politico.com/news/s.....12969.html

    If you’re Duck! Cheney a veep tells the hapless monkey in the oval office what to do and says the country has to go the “dark side” to fight the terraists.

  41. 51

    Steve spews:

    @38 It was indeed wonderful to watch Puddy’s head explode. However, let’s set aside a moment or two to mourn the loss of an innocent goat.

  42. 52

    ylb spews:

    the silly “toga” party staged in Denver’s streets by the RNC’s bussed-in idiots-for-hire.

    Idiots for sure. They called the stadium set the “Barackopolis” which is a Greek sort of name.

    Then mocked about a “toga party” – togas are Roman.

    Idiot doesn’t even begin to describe them but of course we can’t let our guard down because there’s a lot of gullible people out there.

    Get out the vote!

  43. 53

    ylb spews:

    Oh my freaking Gawdd!!

    The woman is a creationist!

    The volatile issue of teaching creation science in public schools popped up in the Alaska governor’s race this week when Republican Sarah Palin said she thinks creationism should be taught alongside evolution in the state’s public classrooms.

    Palin was answering a question from the moderator near the conclusion of Wednesday night’s televised debate on KAKM Channel 7 when she said, ‘Teach both. You know, don’t be afraid of information. Healthy debate is so important, and it’s so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both.

    The debate is over. Creationism is religion, NOT SCIENCE!

    http://scienceblogs.com/afaren.....d_the_ala/

  44. 54

    Richard Pope spews:

    We can say whatever we want to about Sarah Palin, but the amount of press coverage that is going to be resulting in the next seven days is going to be truly enormous. For better or worse, there will be a LOT more coverage of Palin in the next week or so, than there was of Joe Biden in the previous week or so.

  45. 55

    Dave spews:

    @52 Richard: But are you seeing what they’re offering-up to the media? A high school pep rally!–and not a terribly exciting one at that. I’m trying to be objective, but I’m feeling embarrassed for McCain right now–the way I always feel for Bush whenever I hear him struggling through a press conference…

  46. 56

    ylb spews:

    Ok, ok, despite being knee deep in Alaska’s corrupt and vendetta-ridden Republican machine, Sarah Palin has a little taste:

    August 4, 2008, Fairbanks, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin today responded to the energy plan put forward by the presumptive Democratic nominee for President, Illinois Senator Barack Obama.

    “I am pleased to see Senator Obama acknowledge the huge potential Alaska’s natural gas reserves represent in terms of clean energy and sound jobs,” Governor Palin said. “The steps taken by the Alaska State Legislature this past week demonstrate that we are ready, willing and able to supply the energy our nation needs.”

    http://tinyurl.com/6cu3n4

  47. 57

    ylb spews:

    Oh boy, here comes the perfect storm:

    Republican officials said yesterday that they are considering delaying the start of the GOP convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul because of Tropical Storm Gustav, which is on track to hit the Gulf Coast, and possibly New Orleans, as a full-force hurricane early next week.

    The threat is serious enough that White House officials are also debating whether President Bush should cancel his scheduled convention appearance on Monday, the first day of the convention, according to administration officials and others familiar with the discussion.

    Falling bridges, drowning cities, corrupt crony politics – this is the legacy of Republicanism

    http://tinyurl.com/57rnks

  48. 58

    Steve spews:

    Will Palin lead the attack on Obama’s supposed lack of experience? No. McCain just flip-flopped again. The debate now turns to the question of judgement. Christ, did the Republicans ever fuck up. Talk about playing into Obama’s hand.

  49. 59

    Steve spews:

    @55 Truly, God must hate Republicans. I can see why, of course. They’re evil fucktards intent on ruining God’s Country. One shouldn’t piss off God. She doesn’t get mad, she gets even.

  50. 60

    Steve spews:

    Holy shit, there’s a black guy standing behind McCain on the toob. He does look a little bewildered, though. He must have been told that this was an Obama event.

  51. 61

    busdrivermike spews:

    “In this time of war, what this country needs is a person with a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Idaho, with no foreign policy experience”

    Dorf McCain shows his ability to make sound judgements. At least Reagan got senile AFTER he got elected.

  52. 62

    busdrivermike spews:

    I think everyone had a moment when they felt they were would make a better President than GW Bush. It was probably a deeply troubling moment for you.

    Well, it is deja vu all over again.

  53. 63

    YLB spews:

    It just came to me!

    Alaska – it’s the new Texas!

    Perfect match for Karl Rove’s corrupt crony politics – the last frontier, lots of oil and gas just waiting to be tapped.

    Johnny Boy kicks the bucket and Sarah steps in as the new unitary executive doling out tax breaks and subsidies to RNC donors – all doable because we’re in a “drill now” mood right?

  54. 65

    delbert spews:

    @59

    The Republican VP candidate has more experience in office than the Democratic _Presidential_ candidate. Or Hillary or Edwards.

    Anybody complaining about her lack of depth has forgotten Obama’s resume or blinked and missed it.

  55. 67

    busdrivermike spews:

    She was against the Republicans in Alaska, before she was for them nationally? Because the Alaskan ones are corrupt, unlike the D.C. Republicans?

    And here is a first: someone running to be one heartbeat away from the nuclear “football” touting their PTA experience.

    Baaahaahaahooohoohooheeeheeheeeeeeeeee!!

  56. 69

    busdrivermike spews:

    #63

    Baaahaaahaaaheeeeheeeheeeehoohohoohooooo!!!

    Hey she is the commander of the Alaskan national guard, and she has PTA experience!

    Hahaahaaaaaheeeeeeee!!!!

  57. 70

    Dave spews:

    @58 Steve: Are you sure? I’m looking, but I don’t see any black people in that entire auditorium…?

  58. 71

    busdrivermike spews:

    She went to the University of Idaho.

    What WSU wouldn’t take her? Heeeeeheeeeheeeee!!!

    Look, they are applauding Ferraro and Clinton!!!!

    Look, everyone, she has a vagina too!!!!

    Romney was exed out, he couldn’t get the sex change operation fast enough!!!!!

  59. 75

    My Goldy Itches spews:

    Does Dukakis look like Sam Waterston, aka Executive Assistant D.A. Jack McCoy on Law & Order in that photo or what?

  60. 76

    Rick D. spews:

    Good for McCain. Sarah Palin is infinitely more qualified than the signature gatherer from the shit hole south side of Chicago. I wonder what the ‘hoodrat thinks of this pick.

    The Chi-town assclown will now lose much of those 18Million cracks in the ceiling to McCain and send Palin packing to 1600 Pennsylvania.

    Oh what a wicked web wee wiberals weave eh?

  61. 77

    YLB spews:

    73 – Little Rickie Dumbass – what happened to Romney? Your party of bigots couldn’t choose stronger “executive” experience from both Government and business.

    I told you so.

    Little Rickie Dumbass.