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Friday, June 10, 2005

Republican Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds

This time, the hypocrites are piling on DNC Chairman Howard Dean. Dean's recent comments that "a lot of [Republicans] have not made an honest living in their lives" and that the Republican party is "pretty much a white Christian party" got the more-righteous-than-thou blowhards in an uproar of manufactured outrage.

For instance, on Wednesday, Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) said the following:

"This kind of hate speech really doesn't have a productive place in our political discourse in this country."

Hate speech, Senator? Hate speech? Have you not heard anything your side has been saying for the last twenty years about Democrats?

But I guess Mr. Smith (Bloviates From Oregon) doesn't consider all of that hate speech because it comes from good, upstanding Republicans, right?

Oh, and by the way, Howard Dean wasn't the only one to notice that today's GOP is nothing more than the political arm of the American Inquisition. As John Aravosis of AMERICAblog points out, former Republican Senator John Danforth had an op-ed in the New York Times decrying the GOP's push towards theocracy. Of particular interest is the following quote:

By a series of recent initiatives, Republicans have transformed our party into the political arm of conservative Christians....

The problem is not with people or churches that are politically active. It is with a party that has gone so far in adopting a sectarian agenda that it has become the political extension of a religious movement....

But in recent times, we Republicans have allowed this shared agenda [described by Danforth as limited government, a strong private sector, "non-activist" judges and an "engaged foreign policy" backed by a strong national defense] to become secondary to the agenda of Christian conservatives.

Oh, and by the way, there was this bit in the Duluth News-Tribune:

Some analysts said Dean is correct, but only to a point.

According to CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll data, 82 percent of self-described Republicans are white Christians - but so are 57 percent of Democrats and 67 percent of all Americans.

"He's not wrong," CNN analyst Bill Schneider said. "It's just stupid."

In other words, Dean said it "in an inartful way," to borrow a phrase from Tom "I AM the federal government" DeLay.

I have to say, though, that I thought the way the Dems handled the presstitutes at that photo-op yesterday was rather masterful. If only we could get this sort of representation on a regular basis...

UPDATE: AMERICAblog does it again. John Aravosis just posted a study by Fenton Communications that suggests that Dean was right after all in calling Republicans a "white Christian party."

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