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From AJR,   October/November 2004

Cliché Corner   

By Jill Rosen
Jill Rosen is AJR's assistant managing editor     

"Mr. [Rudy] Giuliani's rock-star potency might be better suited to the wide-open field of a Republican insurgency...."
New York Observer

"Though not all the athletes could speak English, they treated Bush like a rock star."
Cleveland's Plain Dealer

"In the wee hours yesterday morning, reporters were on the hunt for the real rock stars of the Republican convention--those irresistible Bush twins...."
Washington Post

"The youth caucus over at the Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention...screamed for strategist James Carville as though he were a rock star."
Boston Globe

"When balding, spectacled presidential adviser Karl Rove arrived to speak to them at the Windfall Bar and Grill, clean-cut college Republicans treated him like a rock star."
Memphis' Commercial Appeal

"Supporters cheered the rock-star politician [Barack Obama] who captivated audiences...."
Knight Ridder Washington Bureau

"Although somewhat overshadowed by [Zell] Miller, [Vice President Dick] Cheney's appearance still had rock-star appeal."
Salt Lake City's Deseret Morning News

"A night after giving a sedate speech to the Democratic National Convention, Teresa Heinz Kerry was treated like a rock star at the gay and lesbian caucus...."
St. Petersburg Times

"Alternate delegate Deanna Siegel stepped off a charter bus onto 125th Street in Harlem like a rock star."
New York's Albany Times Union

"And nobody is better suited to that task than Art Alexakis, the Oregon delegate and rock-star politico, who's been all over Boston this week...."
Boston Globe

"The fans treated [Mike] Tyson like a rock star, cheering him as he was escorted to the ring by a phalanx of police officers."
New York's Daily News

"She still draws a rock-star reaction, but former Texas Gov. Ann Richards' role is decidedly different than at previous Democratic National Conventions."
Houston Chronicle

"John Kerry may be the Democratic Party's tall, dark and presidential-looking candidate, but Howard Dean is its rock star."
Newark's Star-Ledger

"The media spectacle that was opening night had its anticipated rock star, Bill 'Elvis' Clinton."
Tacoma, Washington's News Tribune

"[Ron] Reagan received a rock star's welcome in the cavernous arena...."
Providence Journal

"[Ted Kennedy]'s an aging rock star in a politician's blue suit."
Boston Herald

"[Mayor Gavin] Newsom sneaks in the side door and stands quietly to the side. Seen by organizers, he is given a rock star's welcome."
San Francisco Chronicle

"[Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.)] is both giddy and effusive while struggling to be humble about his newfound rock-star status."
Roll Call

"At some point in this column, John Edwards will be called 'a rock star,' because, let's face it, that's the media-friendly and fun, wholly embarrassing, completely inappropriate label everybody's waiting for...."
San Francisco Chronicle




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