DURST: Bush's Desert Isle

George W Bush might have himself the same problem a Republican named Lincoln had on his hands a hundred and forty years ago: a breakaway Southern republic. Seems a new poll in South Carolina shows John McCain in the lead by four points. Bush's firewall has become a paper maiche screen overnight. Flash paper city. This turn of events has precipitated a damage control operation one would normally associate with a natural disaster, although I'm not sure even FEMA could help at this point. In response, George II made such a hard right pivot, staffers in the back seat of his campaign bus should be encouraged to call one of those 1- 800- WHIPLASH lawyers you see on late night television. The dauphin held a rally at Bob Jones University in front of 7,000 students and faculty where interracial dating is strictly prohibited, and attendance was mandatory. Then number one son was photographed on stage receiving Dan Quayle's endorsement. Which has got to be worth three four hundred votes. Easy. Nationwide. What a sight it was: Bush and Quayle together again. That's the generous evaluation. The rather ungenerous assessment is Dumb & Dumber. But you won't hear that from me. The Texas Governor is supposedly calling major donors and party stalwarts to let them know although the ship may be have a tiny hole, its still full speed ahead. Sounds to me like the same plight the S.S. Minnow experienced. And that was a mere three hour tour. We're talking another two months of rough seas here. What I want to know is, if this campaign gets stranded on a desert isle, does Bush become the skipper and Quayle the little buddy? Or versa visa? Dad's obviously Mr. Howell, but which will loom as the bigger crisis: no Ginger or John Sununu as the Professor?Will Durst thinks Laura Bush would make a nice Mary Ann.

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