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Whence the Wince? Kerry as Hamlet, Bush as Hal
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0691  Monday, 15 March 2004

From:           Ed Taft <
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Date:           Friday, 12 Mar 2004 11:22:35 -0500
Subject:        Whence the Wince? Kerry as Hamlet, Bush as Hal

Two points of interest (perhaps):

1. Adlai Stevenson took a little time to make up his mind whether or not
to run for president in 1952, and the press jumped on him, dubbing him
"the Hamlet of the Hudson." It ruined his image by comparison to the
decisive Eisenhower, who had won the war in Europe. I doubt if Stevenson
would have beaten Ike anyway, but whatever chance he had was lost once
he was portrayed as an indecisive, over-intellectual weakling.

2. Throughout his entire political career, Bush has benefited from his
opponents underestimating him. Just ask Anne Richards.  Moreover, he has
created his own myth: once a slave to drink, frivolity (and some say,
drugs), he turned his life around in an instant when he found religion,
and then stepped out of the phone booth, displayed the giant B on his
chest, and began to fight from that time on for truth, justice, and the
American way.

Sound like someone out of the pages of 1H4?

Ed Taft

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