Thingish Things

Campaign Ad, Bush ’88

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Jun• 02•11

Most of you will remember this ad.  The Dukakis-Bush contest was actually close at one point, but the image of Mike Dukakis in a tank proved so incongruous that it made security-minded Americans cringe (his handlers were trying to show just the opposite — that Dukakis wasn’t weak on national defense).  It was the coup de grâce in a race where Bush had already begun pulling away.

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