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The Lloyd Kincaid Of Australia

August 13, 2013

Sadly, there are not many left under the dome of the Wisconsin State Capitol who can recall first-hand the great quotes of State Senator Lloyd Kincaid.  He was known for some of the most memorable, and often quoted malapropisms that took place in the building.

His cranky charm came to mind today as I read of an incident that took place in Australia during their federal election.  Australia is to vote on Sept. 7 in a contest that pits Mr. Rudd against the leader of the opposition Liberal-National coalition, Tony Abbott. Prime minister from 2007 to 2010,

But it was the following paragraph in the news story that made me smile again about Kincaid.

On Monday, Mr. Abbott was gaining headlines of his own after making a gaffe in Melbourne while criticizing Mr. Rudd for his style of decision-making. Mr. Abbott, a Rhodes scholar, said in a speech to his party that “No one, however smart, however well educated, however experienced, is the suppository of all wisdom,” when he apparently meant to say “repository.” The comment became a sensation on Twitter and other social media.

It was, after all, Kincaid who made the suppository famous in a political context when he stated “”As long as I am in the Senate there will not be a nuclear suppository in my district.”

Some of the other Kincaid lines that made for lots of smiles for years at the capitol included “This is a good health-care bill. Take it from one who survived a terminal heart attack.”

And the famed quote about a bypass always brought a laugh, too.  “The people in my district do not want this highway bypass, no matter if it goes through or around the city.”

Kincaid never seemed to suffer for his utterances, and there is no reason to think Abbott will feel any negative effects, either.  It will just be smiled about many years later by folks such as myself.

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