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    Monday, November 01, 2004

    A case of the sillies 

    The final hours of a presidential campaign when the silly season begins, when the unexpected happens and when every little thing is scrutinized and analyzed to determine who has the edge and who is on the edge.

    Here in Camp Bush, the president's re-election team broke out their case of the sillies Sunday night. In the spirit of Halloween, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, political guru Karl Rove and others in the Bush senior staff bounded off Air Force One in hunting camouflage gear, similar to the outfit Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry went hunting.

    One reporter aboard the Bush press charter stuffed a bulky computer chord down his suit jacket for his Halloween costume: Bush at the first presidential debate where he had the curious bulge in the back.

    Bush supporters picked up on the Halloween theme Sunday and Monday, often chanting Kerry's scary, a battle cry that's become just as popular as the trusty "Flip-flop, flip-flop."

    From the "No Child Left Behind" department: After Bush finished speaking in Burgettstown, Pa., he climbed into his limo and his lengthy motorcade began a speedy journey to the airport. Unfortunately one of the vans, called Wire One because it holds wire service reporters and photographers, blew a tire and was forced to the side of the road. The van behind it - Press One because it holds newspaper and magazine writers and photogs - had to make a choice: Do we stop and pick up our journalist brothers and sisters or continue in the motorcade at warp speed to the airport.

    The decision? Let's just say there were some angry people left along side of the road. They were eventually picked up by another van in the procession called "Straggler." Everyone made it back to Air Force One on time.

    There was almost a dueling battle of the motorcades in Milwaukee where both Bush and Kerry had rallies Monday. The presidential motorcade pulled up to the airport gate just as Kerry's motorcade was pulling out of the same gate. Kerry's red, white and blue plane was parked close to the Bush campaign press plane, a non-descript metallic silver and blue bird.

    Bush and Kerry reporters waved at each other as their campaign buses literally passed by each other.

    Tidy Bowl Humor?: Vice President Cheney, known for his dour demeanor, can sure zing 'em when he wants to. Speaking at a rally in Henderson, Nev., the veep noted that he was in the company of Nevada Sen. John Ensign and Arizona Sen. John McCain.

    "And of course, we've got John Ensign -- Senator John Ensign with us here today," Cheney said. "And when people say "flush the Johns," they don't mean these two."

    "I'm sorry it's the last day of the campaign," Cheney quickly added. "What do you expect?"

    By William Douglas, Knight Ridder Washington Bureau

    posted by Lori Aratani at 7:14 PM

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