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August 23, 2004

What he said/What he meant

Senator Carl Levin, on the Republican proposal to dismantle the CIA:

What he said: "I think it would be better to start on a bipartisan basis, I think it's a mistake to begin with a partisan bill no matter what is in it." (emphasis mine)

What he meant: "Regardless of the merits of the plan, we will oppose this with our last breath, because it's an election year, and we don't give a shit about America."


VP candidate John Edwards, on the new overtime pay rules, which will mean more overtime pay for low income workers, less overtime pay for white collar workers, and far fewer overtime lawsuits:

What he said: "More than 60 years of protecting overtime work have been wiped out with the stroke of this president's pen."

What he meant: "Without all of these overtime lawsuits, some of my buddies will have to go back to inhaling ambulance fumes."


Senator Bob Dole, on John Kerry's war record:

What he said: "And here's, you know, a good guy, a good friend. I respect his record. But three Purple Hearts and never bled that I know of. I mean, they're all superficial wounds. Three Purple Hearts and you're out."

What he meant: "You want to play the war wound game, sonny? I will kick your ass."

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Actually, the Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division does most of the litigating when there's litigating to be done, and in most cases W&H reaches settlements with employers well before any real litigation has to start, partly because violations are pretty easy to prove.

Full disclosure: I say this as a past beneficiary of their services.

Posted by: Lex at August 24, 2004 01:21 PM

Re Dole: You sure he didn't mean, "I am George W. Bush's bitch; otherwise, I'd be condemning him for going AWOL"?

Posted by: Lex at August 24, 2004 01:23 PM

And yet, neither McCain nor McClelland did that. They, of course, have received the same treatment from Bush's smear squads.

Hope Dole enjoys his mud wallow. He's a disgrace.

Posted by: Scorpio at August 24, 2004 03:52 PM
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