Wednesday, December 30, 2009


By Philip Rucker
Washington Post
Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Republicans are jumping on President Obama's response to the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a U.S. airliner as the latest evidence that Democrats do not aggressively fight terrorism to protect the country, returning to a campaign theme that the GOP has employed successfully over the past decade.

Makes sense. Fear-mongering, alarmist politics before national security. It's a hallmark strategy of the shameless con-men who permeate the ranks of American conservatism.

It must be acknowledged though -- it is one of the few things conservatives and Republicans actually do quite well. Exploit people's fears, cynically manipulate the craven media, manufacture panic and hysteria where it's not needed. Basically demonstrate to the world what bed-wetting, irrational fraidy cats Americans are. Why it is that your average American would want these smirking, cuckolding conservatives to be the representative face of the United States to the rest of the world on the subject of how to deal with terrorism is beyond my comprehension.

The Europeans, who've been dealing with terror attacks on their shores and people for many more years than us, must be watching the Republican chickenheart parade with a combination of rapt bemusement and utter derision.

Having said that, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if the Europeans were also breathing a huge sigh of relief simply knowing that a mentally stable head of state is in charge of the U.S. government at this serious time in history instead of a dry-drunk cowboy and Vietnam war draft evader or a deranged ex-POW (who sings songs on the campaign trail about bombing other countries) and his clueless, fundamentalist christian sidekick.

Just saying . . .


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