Where’s The Beef?

No wonder he won Minnesota. — Homer, “Lisa’s First Word”

With the presidential debates lurking around the corner like some drug-addled maniac, why not take a trip back in time to the whirlwind that was the 1984 Democratic primaries? Take it away, boys:

Boy, the more things change, the more they stay the same, eh? Beside the Dem candidates’ seated postures and muted tie tones (not a single plain red or blue), it’s the same rigamarole. New ideas this, hymietown that.

And a general absence of concrete policy discussion, as evidenced by the fact that laundry ship namesake Walter Mondale was able to fell his chief competitor by quoting from a friggin’ hamburger commercial:

And that was enough for Mondale to take it! And by “it”, I mean the Democratic primary. After which, Reagan annihilated him in the general election. You’ve doubtlessly seen this before, but it’s worth a second look:

This image is somewhat deceptive. Alaska and Hawaii are actually much farther away from the mainland than that.

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5 Responses to Where’s The Beef?

  1. jl says:

    Speaking of Lisa’s First Word, thought you may be interested in something.
    I believe this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kW4uYInAFE
    is in reference to this: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/events/1996/olympics/daily/july22/flashback.html

  2. PEPITO! The Biggest Cat In The Whole Wide World! says:

    No, sir, the closest vessel is the USS Walter Mondale. It’s a laundry ship!

  3. Alex says:

    Aw man, are we gonna have to wait a whole month for a new entry?

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