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Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Repudiate That Why Doncha? 

Campaign 2004 turns extreme in Florida with the placement of a newspaper ad calling for physical retribution against Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld!

"We should put this S.O.B. up against a wall and say 'This is one of our bad days,' and pull the trigger," the ad reads.
For the record, I oppose this kind of hate-speech. I heard about this yesterday, so I thought I'd mosey on over to Blogs for Bush to see if they were hyping it, and wouldn't ya know:
Does It Get Any Lower Than This?
That's the headline. There is no commentary. Just a reposting of the Drudge sludge and commentary from the rabble.

(By the way, I would post a trackback, but my url has been blocked.)

If you are confronted by this piece by a rabid conservative angry with you as a democrat for supporting a candidate who won't repudiate this kind of thing, here are your talking points. In November of 2003, conservative columnist Kathleen Parker wrote an article in which she quoted an unnamed soldier who suggested that the nine candidates for the party's nomination should be "lined up against a wall and shot." She later edited it to "lined up against a wall and slapped," for the online versions, but not before several papers printed the original.

Did Bush repudiate her? No, he did not. In fact, he was still using her columns to support his policy and campaign as recently as this January.
Columnist Kathleen Parker today looks at the history of the United States’ policy of regime change in Iraq. Writing in The Orlando Sentinel, Parker reminds readers that the policy was ratified by President Clinton in 1998 and that "concern about Saddam's unconventional weapons program was consistent and serious long before Bush reached office."

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