July 28, 2004

Time Out for Cheney

local6.com - Politics - Child Tells DNC Cheney Needs A Timeout For Cursing

Wexler told delegates that she’d heard about Cheney’s heated exchange with Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy on the Senate floor — during which Cheney used what the 12-year-old calls “a really bad word.” She said if she used that word herself, she’d get a “timeout” — and she thinks that’s what should happen to Cheney.

Posted by James at July 28, 2004 3:56 PM
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"And a little child shall lead them..."

I couldn't get the clip to download from the URL you posted, so I went here:


She was poised, her body language was perfect, she was articulate--I see in her a future senator!

And she's a redhead, whic is the icing on the cake.

You tell 'em, Ilana!

Posted by: Patti M. at July 28, 2004 5:45 PM

She's a wonderful public speaker (Hillary should take notes) but the VP reference was slimey. It almost appeared as if the DNC were using a child to say something the adults were forbidden to talk about.

Using 12 year old girls to land a punch gets under my skin a bit.

That said, I wonder what sort of punishment her parents would mete out if she told them to 'shove it'

Posted by: Steve at July 28, 2004 8:29 PM

Well, perhaps you had a visceral reaction to it, but I don't think there's anything sneaky about the message she was sending. In a different form, it was the same "politics of nastiness/division vs. unity."

Posted by: James at July 29, 2004 12:21 AM

The best way to make childish behavior look bad is to have a child make fun of it. Perhaps it was overly heavy-handed, but that's typical of a convention speech.

I'd hardly call it a punch, though. Punches are for serious matters. Name-calling and profanity are petty and trivial. Complaining about name-calling and profanity is petty, trivial, and usually self-righteous too. I'd call it maybe a poke, at worse.

Kids can get away with complaining about it because they actually do get punished for having a bratty mouth. They're legitimately annoyed when they see the punishers getting away with it. Profanity is a kid's issue.

If she had mentioned some of the more substantial things that Cheney does that would get her punished if she tried them at home, that might qualify as a punch. But the adult speakers at the convention have already covered most of that for her.

Posted by: Julie at July 29, 2004 12:55 PM

Julie, I agree with you.

There, that's the shortest comment in the lifetime of this blowhard.

Posted by: Steve at July 29, 2004 1:32 PM

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