Monday, July 17, 2006

Don't You Understand We Have A Double Standard

I'm going to reprint this in its entirety because it is emblematic of the modern republican party. From the Cincinnati Enquirer:

House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-West Chester, called on Democrats last week to pull a TV ad that shows images of flag-draped caskets of U.S. soldiers, calling the spot "outrageous."
"To use those images to rally Democrats and to raise money is, I think, appalling," said Boehner.

But the outrage from Republicans comes after Democrats complained in 2004 about a campaign ad from President Bush that showed firefighters carrying a flag-draped coffin from the ruins of the World Trade Center.

Questioned by reporters on what the difference was, Boehner seemed tongue-tied. "These were American citizens killed by terrorists. That is a very different policy issue than American soldiers dying on the battlefield protecting the rights and freedoms of American people."

"How so?" a reporter asked.

"How so? You want me to describe the difference between men and women of the military out there defending the American people, and victims - victims - of terrorist activities?" Boehner asked.

"They were both killed by opponents, right? Terrorists or Islamic insurgents?" a reporter pressed.

An exasperated Boehner said: "The World Trade Center victims were victims of a terrorist act here on our shore and I think all Americans were appalled that this did in fact happen. But I think the differences, in terms of the images, are as clear as night and day."

I doubt Boehner is dumb enough to believe there is any discernible difference between the two ads, it's just a situation where he got caught playing politics with his pants down and as a good republican always does when confronted with reality, he simply ignored facts and proclaimed himself to be right. If you notice, Boehner never did bother to answer the question.

If Boehner truly has a problem with these ads (which I have not seen), perhaps he should ask his own party why they set the bar so low.

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