Politics Somewhat Less Ugly Than Who?
posted by March 19 at 12:46 PMon
Giving his acceptance speech at the 1988 Republican National Convention, George H. W. Bush—the current president’s father—envisioned a “kindler, gentler nation.” Nancy Reagan, sitting in the Houston Astrodome, saw that line as a swipe at her Ronnie. She famously asked “Kinder and gentler than who?”
This weekend John McCain vowed to repair America’s image abroad. We have an “ugly American” problem, McCain said, and it’s hurting our ability to, you know, lead the world and shit. Laura Bush doesn’t have to ask “less ugly than who?” McCain spells it out:
In a sign that he wants to distance himself from the president—to whom he lost in an ugly campaign in 2000—Sen McCain outlined a series of measures to roll back Bush policies and counter the “ugly American” image.
“I would immediately close Guantanamo Bay, move all the prisoners to Fort Leavenworth (an army base in Kansas) and truly expedite the judicial proceedings in their cases,” he said. “I would reaffirm my commitment to address the issue of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. I know how important this is in Europe in particular.”
McCain promises to be less ugly than Bush. That wouldn’t be setting the bar too high, of course, but it would be an improvement.