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5/04/2003 02:54:00 PM | Jonathan

Orifice Update
Emmett says my senator, Fritz Hollings (D-SC) is losing it:

Fritz Hollings is truly, truly losing it. Quoth he:
"I saw President Bush on that aircraft carrier in the Pacific yesterday. Incidentally, that's the closest he's ever got to the War in Vietnam."


I'm a bit confused as to how this indicates senility on Hollings's (MLA-rule apostrophe use, for the grammarites amongst you) part. Bush flew an F-105 in the Texas Air National Guard during Vietnam. Leaving aside the whole issue of Bush being AWOL from that duty for a year, silver spoon draft dodging is something Bush is just as open to criticism on as Clinton was. There're a lot of opportunities for Dems to yell tu quoque at the Bush administration, but they don't do it loudly enough. It's sad.

Anyway, the point is, Texas is as far from Vietnam as Oxford. And Hollings, while he rambles sometimes, is a sharp guy. Speak with him in person sometime, and you'll see. His wife, incidentally, is also pretty quick on her toes, a bit of irony considering she sets off metal detectors throughout the Capitol because of joint replacments in her legs. Like Byrd, either Hollings can spout the sort of classical knowledge to which Reviewites wet themselves.



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