Okay, Everybody Just Back Away from the Twins!

I agree. The Bush twins didn't isntantly become the greatest orators the world had ever known but they introduced their parents and showed the world that they a strong family. That matters to many people.

And the hamster line was funny.

Posted by Dave Justus at August 31, 2004 9:18 PM

I am glad you are back and refreshed!
I agree with your comments on the Bush girls,
and think it is petty of the people who seem to
think their high expectations should be met?
I just said this in another post and glad to find
out you agreed.

Posted by Carole at August 31, 2004 10:07 PM


anyone remember bill clinton answering the boxers or briefs question?

I thought that was awful, not pro... icky... people loved it.

everyone is not a political junkie pundit. the twins tonight were about people who tuned into the thin network coverage momentarily. they touched more people than many realize with their... "realness?"

Posted by vtrtl at August 31, 2004 10:12 PM

I'm a big GWB supporter.

But when I was 22 years old, I was a Special Agent with the Bureau of Investigation in a large state. I worked undercover narcotics, and when my cover was burned, general criminal. I was married. I had a house.

The point is, yes, the twins are young. But not THAT young. A lot of people who are the same age have real responsibilities. You have to stop being a giggling idiot sometime. A good time for them to do that would have been BEFORE last night.

Posted by RJGatorEsq. at September 1, 2004 5:17 AM

I was particularly galled at Old Fred Barnes, who opined that (rough transcript) "the President's wife and daughter have no place onstage at the party convention. We aren't electing a royal family; they have nothing to do with public policy or the direction of the country."

NOTHING? What about the power behind the throne, Fred? It's well known that Laura is a calming influence on her husband, and the energy and humor of the darling daughters must surely lighten the load for the Leader of the Free World. Besides, what is a party convention if not a party?


Posted by Sissy Willis at September 1, 2004 6:32 AM

You had me until you said, "I seriously doubt that 1.5% of the ladies and gentlemen blasting their bits across the Net tonight could come off one tenth as well."

Many of the people criticizing the twins write and speak for a living, whether as pundits, attorneys, or otherwise. Even bloggers who don't fall into that category -- the popular ones at least -- are mostly quite good at communcating. Besides, you've really set the bar low. 1.5% of them? One tenth as well? Anyone who managed to find the stage would do one tenth as well, unless they vomited on the lectern.

Posted by Spoons at September 1, 2004 6:44 AM

The twins were there for the same reason as Laura: to soften, a bit, the image of their dad. They made jokes about their own underage drinking, rather than pretending it never happened. They tried to be funny (though they were hardly amusing). They confided their parents' pet name for each other.

Reporters, pundits and city dwellers may have been annoyed or repulsed, but I believe this move was aimed at the average American, who (rightly) thought, "Oh, what sweet girls" and (with luck) "Nothing like those upitty Kerry kids."

Posted by growler at September 1, 2004 9:21 AM

Cate Edwards, daughter to John and Elizabeth is exactly the same age as Jenna and Barbara and somehow she managed to get through her convention speech without making an ass out of herself.

Posted by UofAZGrad at September 1, 2004 9:54 AM

Glad to see you return, V, welcome. I'm with you on this ... I thought they were light-hearted and human and kinda funny and just, you know, cute.

Some people really need to lighten up a bit. Life is short, and all that.

Posted by Jeff Brokaw at September 1, 2004 2:10 PM