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Wednesday, September 08, 2004
LIGHTING UP BUSH. George W.
Bush is starting to get another workover regarding his non-service in
the National Guard. Today's essential reading: this Boston
report, which shows that
Bush should have signed up for Guard duty - but didn't - when he was
attending Harvard Business School in 1973; and a Nicholas Kristof
in today's New York Times that contains pretty convincing
evidence that Bush never showed up for duty in Alabama in 1972, as he
Tonight at 8, former Texas
lieutenant governor Ben
Barnes goes on 60
Minutes to tell Dan Rather why he now regrets having helped Bush
get into the National Guard - and out of harm's way. If you haven't
seen it yet, the Barnes video that's been the talk of the Web for the
last few weeks is here.
More bad news for Bush: the Log
Cabin Republicans have decided not
to endorse Bush, after
having endorsed him in 2000 and Bob Dole in 1996. Log Cabin executive
director Patrick Guerriero:
Certain moments in history
require that a belief in fairness and equality not be sacrificed
in the name of partisan politics; this is one of those moments.
The national board's vote empowers Log Cabin to maintain its
integrity while furthering our goal of building a more inclusive
Republican Party. Log Cabin is more committed than ever to its
core mission to build a stronger and more inclusive Republican
Party. There is a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican
Party, and that fight is bigger than one platform, one convention,
or even one President.
One might imagine that Bush wasn't
going to get much of the gay and lesbian vote anyway. But there is a
fairly strong contingent of gay and lesbian political activists who
are conservative on economic issues and/or foreign policy, or who
hold a libertarian outlook. In a close election, every vote counts,
and Log Cabin's statement gives gay Republicans permission to vote
for John Kerry, or stay home.
outrage comes from none
other than Dick Cheney, who said in Des Moines, "It's absolutely
essential that eight weeks from today, on November 2, we make the
right choice,because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is
that we'll get hit again and we'll be hit in a way that will be
devastating from the standpoint of the United States."
This comes pretty close to claiming
that Osama bin Laden has endorsed Kerry, don't you think? Except that
the Bushies must never, ever speak the Evil One's name.
posted at 2:29 PM |
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