Monday, July 12, 2004
The theo-cons at the GOP are lining up a stellar cast to speak in primetime at their convention. Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and the Governator. It'll be nice to listen to them. It'd be even nicer if the GOP wasn't being so blatantly deceptive by parading these men in front of America in an obvious "bait-and-switch" tactic. The moderate Republicanism these three men represent is under relentless attack from W and his cohorts such as Delay, Brownback, Santorum and their ilk. The problem is that in prime-time, letting a theo-con speak to the nation is political suicide, as Pat Buchanan proved in 1992.
So they will present America with a puppet show, parading the nationally popular Republicans on stage and hoping no one will look up to see the theo-cons pulling the strings.
It saddens me that these three men are letting allegiance to a party that has basically said it doesn't want them compel them to talk. The best thing they could do is not show and force the GOP to give America speakers that accurately reflect their current positions; pro-censorship, anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-deficit reduction...basically positions that increase the level of government involvement in our lives. Which I always thought the Republicans were against. Silly me.