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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

What a Tool

Did you hear about this one?

An exchange occurred between Speaker of the House Hastert and a Reporter earlier today which started when a reporter asked: "Can I combine a two issues, Iraq and taxes? I heard a speech from John McCain the other day..."

Hastert: "Who?"

Reporter: "John McCain."

Hastert: "Where's he from?"

Reporter: "He's a Republican from Arizona."

Hastert: "A Republican?"

Thus showing Speaker Hastert to being the sad little (ok he's large) man that so many suspect him to be, and a complete tool of the Bush Administration.

Well lets learn a bit about Sen McCain and Speaker Hastert. According to their rough biographies, while Sen McCain was serving his country vigorously in Vietnam, Sen Hastert was a.....

.... wait for it.....

Wrestling coach.

The Speaker has lived this rather pleasant life: Born on January 2, 1942, Hastert is a 1964 graduate of Wheaton (IL) College where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics. He attended graduate school at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, where he earned a master's degree in the philosophy of education in 1967.

Hastert spent the first 16 years of his career as a government and history teacher at Yorkville High School, and it also was there that he met his wife, Jean, a fellow teacher. In addition to teaching, he coached football and wrestling and led the Yorkville High School Foxes to victory at the 1976 Illinois State Wrestling Championship; later that year, he was named Illinois Coach of the Year.

And Senator McCain?

Well lets see: After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1958, McCain began a twenty-two year career as a naval aviator. In 1967, he was shot down over Vietnam and held as a prisoner-of-war in Hanoi for five and a half years (1967-1973), much of it in solitary confinement. He retired from the Navy as a Captain in 1981. McCain's naval honors include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross.

So while Senator McCain was in the Hanoi Hilton, Speaker Hastert was doing his doctorate.

So Speaker Hastert, that is who Senator McCain is. He is the man who has earned the right to question your President. Unlike yourself, he is a man who stands for a position and sticks to it. He is a man of principles whom never shirks the spotlight of disagreement. He is a Patriot.

On the other hand Mr. Speaker, you are a political tool of the neo-conservative, and are still the Speaker mostly due to your willingness to have your strings manipulated by this Administration.

Scary thought that this man is a few steps from the Presidency.
posted by Mike 9:16 PM

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