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Remember Kerry’s Joke About Shooting Quayle?

Speaking of Vice Presidents and the shooting of quail, the media seem to have suffered a selective memory lapse about this often repeated joke from erstwhile Presidential candidate John Kerry (D-Iran).

Witness how the Kerry lickspittles at Slate spun it at the time:

The Gaffes of John Kerry

His most embarrassing quotes, in context.

By Timothy Noah, William Saletan, and Chris Suellentrop

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003

Quote: "Somebody told me the other day that the Secret Service has orders that if George Bush is shot, they’re to shoot Quayle. … There isn’t any press here, is there? " (Associated Press, Nov. 16, 1988).

Charge: Kerry delivered this joke at a business breakfast shortly after the election of President George H.W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle. The co-chairman of the Bush-Quayle campaign in Massachusetts called it "an extraordinarily reckless comment" that was "very clearly in bad taste."

Context: The Secret Service hadn’t really been told to shoot Quayle. Kerry was joking. Moreover, the joke had been going around Washington for some time.

Defense: Kerry immediately issued a statement saying: "I shouldn’t have repeated the story. It was inappropriate and I apologize for doing so." He later told the Boston Globethat he was "kicking himself" for his "bad taste."

Right. Context is always so important.

For Democrats.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 17th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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