Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Vacation time for the GOP

The NYTimes leads off a story about Fred Thompson dueling with Rudy Giuliani for the mantle of "the true conservative" with this graph:
Appearing publicly for the first time since his first Republican debate a week ago, former Senator Fred D. Thompson traveled to New York yesterday, to the hometown of Rudolph W. Giuliani, to challenge his rival’s credibility on issues important to conservatives.

As Doctor Beyond commented, when he forwarded this gem to me:
The guy hasn't been campaigning for an entire week? He's suppose to be playing catch-up and he doesn't do a public campaign appearance for seven days?

A President Fred Thompson would undoubtedly smash all previous records for vacation days taken by Republican presidents (Reagan took all or part of 335 days in 8 years; Bush Jr. had racked up 418 days, and counting, as of August 2007.) (FYI: Clinton took 152 days.)

But then, how does the White House health care policy work? Are vacation days kept separate from sick leave days?

And is it just me, or do we have a Separated at Birth thing going on here?

Odd to think that the "true conservative" title seems to go to the person who takes greatest advantage of paid vacation leave--an invention of the union movement.

(Images via MSNBC.com and TheSimpsons.com.)

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