Saturday, September 18, 2004


Bush Talks Funny

But so what? So does Kerry, in a different way.

Kerry gets his words right, usually, unless he‘s talking about sports. It’s the tone that does Kerry in. He just sounds snooty. He sounds boring. He sounds like a Hollywood stereotype of a high-falutin’ out of touch richie rich senator.

Bush gets all kinds of words wrong, but he manages to sound right somehow.

I call it the Yogi Factor. Yogi Berra is more famous for his wacky comments than he is for his baseball career. Some of you may know a statistic or two from Yogi’s career, but probably all of you have heard “It ain’t over til it’s over.” Nobody quotes Yogi to ridicule him. He had funny lines, and it became an endearing part of his character.

Of course, I’m a Bush supporter, but still. He’s just a likeable guy. And likeable people get passes where people who seem like jerks don’t. The Yogi Factor makes the difference between a cute quirk and a disturbing eccentricity. If you’ve ever said about someone, “Yes, but I still like him,” you may have been talking about someone with the Yogi Factor.
Lord Floppington, you hit the nail on the head when you said "Kerry gets his words right [but sounds wrong]" and "Bush gets all kinds of words wrong, but...manages to sound right." That's the truth.

Kerry sounds awkward and insincere when supporting NASCAR, but Georgie boy can get away with it, since he's got the Texan accent. George is about as Texan as the Kennedy clan...think about it, he's the only one in his family with a good ol' boy accent! He's as eastern as Kerry, but gets away with it.

Corky from "Life goes on" was a likeable guy in the same way that George Bush is a likeable guy...that doesn't earn him the right to be president. I'll assume that you're voting for him because of the issues; you seem like a smart enough person.

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Ok I have to admit you killed me with the Corky line. And I think you're right that being likeable is low down on the list of qualifications for being president. However, I think it does have a lot to do with who people vote for. If a candidate is someone you think you'd like to hang out with in real life, he is more likely to get your vote
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