They’re not even trying anymore.
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And then of course there’s the old “Jimmy Carter was a wimp” line thrown out by Romney, nicely taken apart by Carter’s former speech writer, James Fallows.
Mitt Romney informs us that the raid that took out Osama bin Laden one year ago was no big deal, because “even Jimmy Carter would have given that order.”
Necessary disclosure: I worked for Jimmy Carter and admire his intentions, his character, and many of his achievements, although I am not usually considered an uncritical booster of his record as president.
But let’s remember:
Jimmy Carter is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who spent ten years in the uniformed service of his country. As far as I can tell, this is ten years more than the cumulative service of all members of the Romney clan. Obviously you don’t have to be a veteran to have judgments about military policy or criticisms of others’ views. But when it comes to casual slurs about someone else’s strength or resolve, you want to be careful, as a guy on the sidelines, sounding this way about people who have served.
This, like everything else about the Republican party, is simply another re-hash of the same old bullshit they’ve been slinging since 1980.
In reality, the Republican party should be suing the President for infringement of copyright.
Politicizing national security has been a central element of the Party of God’s “10 Step Plan For World Domination” since Korea.
But it wasn’t until 9/11 that they decided to go all-in on the shameless exploitation of tragedy. Indeed, the Neo-Cons in the Bush administration and in the media simply decided to drape themselves in a flag drenched with the blood of 3000 dead Americans.
And then proceed to scream “9/11!!” and “Traitor!!” at anyone and everyone who disagreed with them.
They started illegal wars with it. They defended their torture program with it. They used it to persecute and falsely convict innocent Muslims of terrorism. They invoked it to secretly and illegally spy on Americans. They used it to demonize their opposition. And they used it to win reelection after 4 years of abject failure.
To see these same Republicans now publicly bemoan the oh-so-horrible politicization of the killing of Osama Bin Laden is simply beyond shameless.
If Bush or McCain had made the call to kill OBL, they would have their own fucking monument in Washington by now. Yet our media allows them to go on and on about how terrible it is for the President to even talk about his national security successes. Thanks for nothing you incompetent clowns.
I’m not surprised by the GOP’s shamelessness. I’ve lost any sense of surprise or disgust at anything they do. I am however disgusted with how they’re allowed to get away with it.