I swear, I am about to go freakin’ ballistic with all the Republican hypocrisy and name calling. And the Democratic ones, too… well, Zell Miller at least, who had the Talking Points well in hand last night:
Miller, D-Ga., said Kerry had voted to cut key weapon systems. “This is a man who wants to be the commander in chief of our U.S. armed forces? U.S. forces armed with what? Spitballs?” Miller said.
In those remarks, Miller ignored the cuts in military spending that Vice President Dick Cheney pushed as defense secretary under the first President Bush. Cheney canceled the Navy F-14D Tomcat fighter and sent Congress a budget that proposed curtailing production of the B-2.
Talking Point #1 is to always ignore the shortcomings of the Republicans.
Then, sticking carefully to TP#2, he worked France into it:
He sneered at Kerry’s proposal that the United States seek consensus before going to war, with the United Nations and other nations. “Kerry would let Paris decide when America needs defending. I want Bush to decide,” Miller said.
Perhaps most bizarre of all, Miller blamed Kerry of putting our military in harm’s way for political gain! TP#3:
Miller, a former Marine, also accused the Democrats of putting soldiers in danger just to get at Bush.
“While young Americans are dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrats’ manic obsession to bring down our commander in chief,” he said.
Manic obsession to bring down our commander in chief? First off, Talking Point #4 is to always refer to Bush as the C in C. Annoying. Second, I can remember 8 solid years of Republican manic obsession with bringing down the previous commander in chief. We never did figure out why they were so obsessed with that — it started long before the Lewinsky scandal, so what was it really?
I can give you a very long list of why Bush needs to go, and every one of them has to do with the safety and security of our freedoms and democracy.
Here’s perhaps the funniest thing:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, another Georgian, pointed to Miller as proof that the Democrats were not an inclusive party.
Gee, one Southern white man embraces another Southern white man, and claims that they’re inclusive.