Dayton v. Kennedy

Returning Senator Mark Dayton to the Ranks of the Idle Rich in 2006

1/28/2005

Like Father, Like Son

There is an anecdote famous among Minnesota Republicans and there is much to suggest it isn't apocryphal. It goes like this: after the 1990 mid-term elections, then-President George H.W. Bush was in attendance as President of the Senate -- Dan Quayle -- swore in the freshman class. Among them, of course, was a newly minted Senator Wellstone. Immediately after being sworn in, Wellstone approached the President and began berating him for leading the nation into war to remove Saddam Hussein from Kuwait. Wellstone's gesticulations were thought to be so threatening that the Secret Service had to step in. Bush was said to have muttered -- not believing that Wellstone was an actual U.S. Senator -- "who is this chicken$#%t?"

15 years later another President Bush is forced to question the faculties of another distinguished Minnesota Senator. The 1/27 edition of The Hotline reports the following:

MINNESOTA: Coming Straight From The Top

In his 1/27 news conference, Pres. Bush "dismissed" Sen. Mark Dayton's (D) claim that his administration has lied "repeatedly, flagrantly, intentionally" about Iraq, saying "there are 99 senators other than that person."

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