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Governor Rory

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 5:44 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

JFK and W used initials, in part to avoid controversial last names. Will it work for Rory who’s afraid he’ll be confused with his father, Harry Reid?


27 Responses to “Governor Rory”

  1. rory run from
    hole in desert waits

    ColonelHaiku (c2b11b)

  2. see rory reid run
    run, rory reid, run, run fast
    hard for haiku say

    ColonelHaiku (c2b11b)

  3. I wouldn’t want to judge a book by it’s cover. But he sure has a goofy looking cover.

    Gesundheit (6acc51)

  4. Back when Jerry Brown was first elected in California, people joked that what got him elected was that everyone thought he was his father.

    In Nevada, Rory Reid doesn’t want anyone to mistake him for his father (who is about as popular as the flu).

    Some chump (e84e27)

  5. On the theory that political dynasties do no one good except themselves, I’d be against him even if his father was Mitch McConnell.

    BTW, when running for governor of Florida, Jeb Bush peppered the state with posters and signs that read “Jeb!”, with no reference to the last name. That was in 1998, when there was only one President in the family.

    kishnevi (437df2)

  6. What kind of Governor was Jeb in your view, kishnevi?

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  7. “Uh, no dad, I’m not ashamed of our name. I’ve applied to legally change it because I’ve always thought Rory Palin sounds like an ass kickin’ winner.”

    MU789 (959170)

  8. looks like the offspring of an unholy – and unlikely – coupling of Harry Reid and Christina Ricci

    GeneralMalaise (c2b11b)

  9. Rory Douche has a nice ring to it I think

    happyfeet (19c1da)

  10. I will note that Bush Jr. didn’t use W because he didn’t want to be associated with his dad, but because he had to differentiate himself, name-wise. I mean although i tongue in cheek called him Jr. he wasn’t technically Jr. because his name was not exactly the same–he was missing a “Herbert.”

    I don’t know about JFK, but i don’t think his dad was all that controversial, either.

    Aaron Worthing (A.W.) (f97997)

  11. All of which doesn’t detract one bit from the point of the post, which is to mock that Ried’s own son doesn’t want to be associated with him. ouch.

    Aaron Worthing (A.W.) (f97997)

  12. Aaron,

    GHWB was controversial among mainstream Republicans, who remembered him primarily for his “Read My Lips” pledge not to raise taxes … before agreeing to raise taxes.

    JFK’s father was very controversial, known not only for his appeasement of Hitler but also for his bootlegging and womanizing.

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  13. Hated FDR, too, according to Truman’s memoirs. Called him “That damn cripple that got my son Joe killed”.

    nk (db4a41)

  14. I don’t know about JFK, but i don’t think his dad was all that controversial, either.

    Oh. Surely AW was being snarky here…

    I can’t help but wonder what Harry Reid thinks of this… does he separate the politics from the relationship because it would seem hurtful to a dad for a son to do this. But then I’m not a steely pol willing to do almost anything to win.

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  15. The movie “Casino” was Harry Reid’s story and I know this because that’s what he claimed on a Sacramento radio show about 18 months ago.

    [note: fished from spam filter. –Stashiu]

    GeneralMalaise (c2b11b)

  16. What kind of Governor was Jeb in your view, kishnevi?

    Certainly more effective and more popular than most governors, and probably more conservative than his brother. He certainly would have made a better job of handling Katrina and the invasion of Iraq than his brother did. He made a major attempt at ending affirmative action on the state government and education levels; the pushback was led by the same Kendrick Meek who is now running for senator.
    He had the benefit of working with a Republican dominated legislature that was sometimes even more conservative than he was. But he was conservative enough that more than a few people were put off by it. Did an excellent job dealing with the hurricanes–the year of four hurricanes followed by Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
    Plus he was governor during the boom times, before the real estate market went bust. It’s impossible to say how he would come out if faced with current conditions, like a tax base that cratered because of the bust. Crist got into office by pretending to be Jeb 2.0. Unfortunately Crist was neither as charismatic nor as conservative as Jeb.

    kishnevi (437df2)

  17. Nice interview with Jeb Bush in NYT. So much for him in 2012.

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  18. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Last time Harry Reid was up for re-election he omitted “Democrat” from his campaign billboards.

    I can’t opine about his campaign pamphlets or other handouts, but I did see quite a few large billboards all around Nevada’s main roads and his party affiliation was conspicuously absent.

    ropelight (3a5722)

  19. Got a better suggestion, happyfeet: Rory Bloviation.

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  20. Comment by ropelight — 6/25/2010 @ 5:07 am

    At this point in time, I suspect Harry Reid himself would like to lose the last name identifier… his favorable ratings are anything but.

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  21. I agree with kishnevi, in most respects, although the state’s adaptation of NCLB turned out not to be successful, and his opposition to offshore oil, he’s still miles ahead of Crist on most measures

    ian cormac (7bb4f2)

  22. He certainly would have made a better job of handling Katrina and the invasion of Iraq than his brother did

    The interestng part of that family dynamic is that it was commonly assumed that Jeb would be the next Bush to go for the Presidency, and that George would eventually return to private practice. Funny how things work out. I’m glad that Jeb isn’t entertaining a run – I’m sick to death of paterfamilias dynastic ambitions. We’re not Europe, and this isn’t the Romanovs.

    Dmac (cfe27e)

  23. The attack on Jeb, to save an apparatchik like Chiles spoiled those plans. Jeb was and would have been more of a privatizer, and he would have been
    more directly tied to PNAC, then again as Florida
    Governor he might not have signed such a document

    ian cormac (7bb4f2)

  24. i always watch current events on TV and also read newspapers daily to keep myself updated~-,

    Emma Johnson (3d53b4)

  25. Comment by ropelight — 6/25/2010 @ 5:07 am

    The sign I most often see in rural NV is:
    “Will Rogers never met Harry Reid!”

    AD-RtR/OS! (ba4174)

  26. i always like to look at news about current events coz i want to stay updated,.~

    Hyperpigmentation Treatment : (e42896)

  27. we should always be updated with current events because it is important for us to know the latest issues :,.

    Circuit Breaker (af2791)

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