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By MAUREEN DOWD

Cheney Spits Toads Published: September 9, 2004 WASHINGTON — George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have always used the president's father as a revers

Cheney Spits Toads

Published: September 9, 2004

WASHINGTON — George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have always used the president's father as a reverse lodestar. In 1992, the senior Mr. Bush wooed the voters with "Message: I care.'' So this week, Mr. Cheney wooed the voters with, Message: You die.

The terrible beauty of its simplicity grows on you. It is a sign of the dark, macho, paranoid vice president's restraint that he didn't really take it to its emotionally satisfying conclusion: Message: Vote for us or we'll kill you.... read on

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