Thursday, September 09, 2004
Hundreds Of Republicans Injured In Rush To Discredit Kerry
Polder said he has not seen so many right-wing injuries since the late '90s, when hundreds of Republicans were hurt climbing on and off the Newt Gingrich bandwagon.There must be awards somewhere for reportage like this. They have outdone themselves. And sadly,
While squashed toes have been the most common injury, the more dramatic include the skull and spine fractures suffered by an elderly senator who was trampled in the mad dash to smear, bash, and cast aspersions on Kerry. Many of those bearing sound bites also have dislocated joints in those places where their fingers were pried from microphones.
"I was in the crowd on the National Archive steps," conservative Washington Times columnist Paul Greenberg said, holding his head as he awaited treatment for deep shock and moral outrage. "When I realized everyone else there also wanted abstracts of Kerry's congressional voting records, I started to run. I guess we all had the same idea at the same time. It feels like I got rolled over by a 10-ton think tank."
Shays added that his prayers are with Rush Limbaugh's family. The conservative radio personality died Tuesday when a busload of pro-Bush Vietnam veterans, in their rush to lambast Kerry on the air, ran a red light, swerved to avoid a carload of National Review reporters, and smashed through the wall of the Excellence In Broadcasting studio, killing Limbaugh and three sound technicians.However, the real thing isn't much better. From my favorite comedy website, whitehouse.gov:
Q Why did the President defy a direct order to get a physical in 1972?Have you ever seen a footnote in a press conference before? I wonder what it sounds like on tape.
MR. McCLELLAN: Scott, these are the same old recycled attacks that we see every time the President is up for election. It's not surprising that you see a coordinated effort by Democrats to attack the President when Senator Kerry is falling behind in the polls [ed. ha ha ha ha ha... at least he's not scaring us to death, raising terror levels, or hinting broadly that Osama's capture is just around the corner, but only if Bush is elected]. And we had a very successful convention, and that's what this is about. It was well known that the President was going to work in Alabama and seeking a transfer to perform equivalent duty in a non-flying status. And that's what he was doing.
Q Did he decline to take it because he was moving to Alabama?
MR. McCLELLAN: He was transferring to a unit in Alabama to perform equivalent duty in a non-flying status. That is nothing new.
Q This was a direct order he defied, right? I mean, he did have a direct order that he defied?*
MR. McCLELLAN: John, these issues have come up every year. This was all part of the records -- that he was seeking to transfer to a unit in Alabama because he was going there to work in a civilian capacity. And he was granted permission to do so. And he was proud of his service and he was honorably discharged in October '73, after meeting his obligations.
*The memos that were released, in fact, show the President was working with his commanders to comply with the order.
Out of the library now and back on the couch. Seem to have carried some of the hearty WI-FI signal with me so will do some bandwidth-intensive activities and be back.
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