Baseball Crank
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December 7, 2003
POLITICS: Another Milestone

Way back some years ago -- all right, in August of 2002 -- Lileks predicted that

Once vulgar words are commonplace in the papers and the television, thereís no going back - and public life just gets cruder and cruder. I know itís a losing battle. Fifty years down the road a presidential candidate will say ďMy opponent says Iím soft on the military, and to him and all his advisors, I can honestly say: f**k you.Ē Heíll be celebrated in some corners for connecting with the genuine people, with those not bound by musty conventions. The authentic people! The ones who really f**kiní live!

(Expletives deleted). As with most dire predictions about society going to Hell in a handbasket, this one was inaccurate only because he overestimated how long it would take us to land at the bottom of that slippery slope; we're there now.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:20 PM | Politics 2002-03 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Well, itís certainly not the first time a politician used profanity. LBJ, in particular, was notoriously profane. And not the first time one has been caught on tape (see the Nixon tapes and George W. during the last campaign inadvertently cursing into a microphone to describe a certain reporter).

But you may be right that itís the first time a major Presidential candidate has gone on record using profanity in a major interview. In any case, not a good precedent and a sure sign of Kerryís growing desperation and frustration with his floundering campaign.

Posted by: The Mad Hibernian at December 8, 2003 9:48 AM
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