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Created by John Eipper on 04/16/19 6:28 AM

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Politicians' Career-Ending Statements: Gary Hart (from Gary Moore) (John Eipper, USA, 04/16/19 6:28 am)

Gary Moore writes:

Here's my contribution to our ever-inventive moderator's idea for a new list for WAIS to compile, this time on political bloopers that ended the careers of the sayers.

Gary Hart begs to be included: "Go ahead, follow me, I dare you" (or something to that effect), which quickly coupled with the wildly unwise name of the little yacht he was using as secret party boat--to which boat, of course, the dared reporters duly followed him. Then they could scarcely believe such a news bonanza: painted neatly on the stern of the boat was the name Monkey Business--ever afterward Hart's snickering albatross.

Ah, the truly profound mysteries of grandiosity.

JE comments:  "Go ahead, follow me, you'll be bored," to which John Chancellor later remarked, "we did, and we weren't."  (This was the professorial Chancellor's funniest quip ever.)  Had it not been for a little monkey business, Senator Hart would very likely have won the 1988 election, and history would have turned out very differently (no Bush dynasty, for starters).

Good one, Gary (I mean Moore, not Hart).

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  • Gary Hart's Monkey Business (David Duggan, USA 04/18/19 3:35 AM)

    Not to quibble, but the Monkey Business photos confirmed what had been ascertained from a Miami Herald stakeout of Hart's DC townhome, after receiving a not-quite-anonymous tip from a fellow-reveler on that boat.

    Hart was seen escorting Ms. Rice (of "No Excuses" jeans fame) into and out from that house, with photos to prove to a less-than-doubting public.

    JE comments:  I'm curious if the Monkey Business is still, well, in business.  Wikipedia speaks of the yacht in the present tense, saying it belongs to the Turnberry Isle resort in Miami.  Nobody throws away a yacht, but it may have been "re-branded" with a new name, as has the hotel itself, which is now a Marriott property.  The Turnberry website says nothing about its most notorious asset:


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  • Politicians Shooting Themselves in the Foot: Boris Johnson (John Heelan, UK 04/18/19 3:48 AM)
    Bojo the Clown might have shot himself in the foot (and missed) by regularly appearing on the satirical series Have I Got News for You, frequently being made to look a bumbling idiot. (Stand up that boy who shouted, "Truth will Out!")

    Time will tell if Corbyn also will regret some of his previous policy statements on the EU. See Tim Shipman's book about the UK's moribund political class.

    JE comments: I find Boris Johnson's comedy moments endearing.  Is this not the common perception in the UK?

    Speaking of politicians shooting themselves, this time literally, Peru's two-time ex-president Alán García committed suicide yesterday, as police were moving in to arrest him for corruption.  AG was much in the news in the 1980s, when he was Peru's celebrated "boy president."  He returned to office 20 years later, à la Jerry Brown.  There will be much discussion about his legacy and his violent end.  Ex-presidents frequently go to jail, but I can't remember the last one who killed himself.

    Prof. Hilton briefly mentioned Alán García in this post from 2004:


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