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2. Hello Kitty Dukakis, goodbye Democratic White House.
During a 1988 presidential debate between Republican George H.W. Bush and Gov. Michael Dukakis (D-Mass.), CNN host and moderator Bernard Shaw - obviously no relation to the chronically clever playwright George Bernard Shaw - opened the contest with this query to the anti-death-penalty Dukakis: "Governor, if Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?"
Dukakis brushed the question aside with zero emotion, not even taking the full two minutes' alloted him to respond while drily saying, "No, I don't, Bernard...And I think you know that I've opposed the death penalty during all of my life."
Shaw was roundly booed for asking such a question, but like Whoopi Goldberg, suffered no professional sanction for raising rape in such a cavalier manner (did Shaw need to suggest that the woman be brutalized before being killed? Did he mistake a presidential debate for a Brian de Palma movie?). He eventually retired from CNN in 2000. Dukakis went on to lose handily to Poppa Bush and become embittered over his treatment not at the hands of the media but of Bush's campaign team (watch the documentary Boogie Man, about GOP strategist Lee Atwater). Kitty Dukakis went on to become the punchline of at least two memorable Saturday Night Live skits, one based on the debate question and the other on her drinking problems.
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