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Republican hypocrisy
by Jeff Blanck
Sep 15, 2008 | 512 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” is a great place to get the facts on which politicians have changed their position 180 degrees. He recently castigated Republican kingpin Karl Rove and Bill O’Reilly for flip-flopping on several major political issues. So let’s see just where the Republican party stands.

Stewart showed Rove praising Palin’s experience as the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska then showed a video clip of Rove trashing the former governor of Virginia, who was also the former mayor of Richmond, Tim Kaine. Rove stated that Richmond was too small a town (several hundred thousand as compared to less than 10,000 in Wasilla) and that being governor of Virginia for four years did not give Kaine executive experience. I guess the standard is somehow different if you are a female Republican.

Stewart then showed a video of O’Reilly describing Bristol Palin’s pregnancy as a family issue as compared to a video where O’Reilly blamed Jamie Lynn Spear’s pregnancy on her parents. I guess Palin’s abstinence education was less than successful.

Stewart then showed a video of Dick Morris, another Republican mouthpiece, complaining about the extreme sexism in the media coverage of Palin. He then compared it to a clip showing Morris saying that Hillary hides behind the sexism defense and retreats behind the apron strings when picked on by the big boys.

Do the Republicans think that we all have no memories of the past seven years? I remember the Republicans in Congress referring to black teenage pregnancies as a “crisis.” Now a white teen pregnancy is a “blessed event.”

The Republicans have stated that naming your child Barack is unpatriotic. But if you name your child Track (Palin’s son), you’re being colorful.

If you are a state senator representing a district of 750,000 people, then spend almost four years in the U.S. Senate representing a state of 13 million people and serve on the Foreign Relations Committee and Veterans affair committee, you are completely lacking in experience.

But if you spend four years on the city council and six years as mayor of a town with less that 7,000 people, along with being governor of a state with only 650,000 then you have the most executive experience of anyone on either ticket. And, because you are governor of Alaska, you are qualified to lead the United States military because your state is the closest to Russia.

If you have a Harvard law degree and worked you way up in the world, you are labeled by the Republicans as being elitist and out of touch with reality. But if you don’t know how many homes you own and think that being rich means having more than 5 million dollars, you are in the mainstream.

The Republicans hold up McCain as the man with family and religious values. Is that because he cheated on his first wife when she was ill then one month after leaving her he married a rich heiress? Obama has been married to the same woman for 19 years and is raising two wonderful daughters, and the Republicans call him “risky.”

Finally, McCain says he is a “maverick.” Is that because Karl Rove, the man who ran Bush’s presidential campaigns, is running his campaign? Or maybe it’s because he didn’t agree with Bush on absolutely everything, just 90 percent of the issues.

The Republicans are willing to contradict themselves on just about any issue. They will say whatever they feel it takes to get elected. We have spent the last eight years with an incompetent, deceitful President. We don’t need to spend the next four years with a hypocrite.

Jeff Blanck is an attorney in private practice in Reno. He can be reached at:
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