January 16, 2004
GOP Hypocrite of the Week: RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
Listen to the GOPHOTW HERE.
You know, we're going to start having nightmares about Hitler, because the Republicans just can't let this Nazi thing go.
Bush Cartel "A" list stars like Grover Norquist just seem obsessed with the little guy with the penciled-in mustache. You doubt us?
Well, listen to an excerpt from this recent story in the Jewish publication, the "Forward":
Is this man sane? Of course not. That's why he is Bush's top non-paid adviser. Many pundits say nothing in domestic policy gets through the White House if Norquist doesn't approve of it.
The "Forward" notes that "Republicans and conservative pundits who were quick to slam MoveOn.org have refused to speak out against Norquist and New York Post columnist Ralph Peters, who compared opponents of the Bush administration to Nazis."
Of course, the mention of the little nasty MoveOn.org smear is what leads us to Ed Gillespie, Chairman of the Republican National Committee. You might remember that out of nearly 1500 entries in a MoveOn.org anti-Bush ad contest, a couple of them compared Bush to Hitler.
That got Gillespie's undies in a bunch. Of course, what really happened was some opposition research guys working for Karl Rove found the ads and decided to try and smear MoveOn.org because it is starting to pose a real political threat to the GOP.
So Gillespie and the RNC made a big stink about the two previously obscure videos: "This is the worst and most vile form of political hate speech," Gillespie said with feigned indignation.
Of course, calling any criticism of Bush "hateful" is the latest GOP message point aimed at inoculating the Republican Party from any comments on its flawed, dishonest leadership. That's why Tom DeLay also called a recent Ted Kennedy speech about Bush's failures, "a hateful attack against the commander-in-chief would be disgusting if it were not so sad. In his speech, Ted Kennedy insulted the president's patriotism [and] accused the Republican Party of treason."
But that brings us back to Gillespie and Norquist. Isn't it hateful, if not downright lunkheaded, to call people Nazis who believe that the wealthiest Americans should pay their fair share for living in a free society? Isn't it hateful to imply that liberals espouse Nazi agenda items?
Yet, Ed Gillespie, a true Bush Cartel toady, can't seem to find the time to send out a press release condemning Grover Norquist for making such assertions -- and then not apologizing for them.
But then again, we didn't hear Mr. Gillespie or any Republicans condemn Karl Rove for commenting that Bush's reception at a post-September 11th memorial gathering looked like a Nazi rally.
No, if you are a Bush Cartel Republican, you can do all the Nazi name-calling you want -- whether in contempt or admiration (as seemed to be the case with Karl Rove).
For this hypocrisy -- and many more far too numerous to list -- Ed Gillespie, Chairman of the National Republican Party, you truly deserve the honor of being chosen as the BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite of the Week.
Congratulations, and Heil Grover!
Until next week, remember the BuzzFlash slogan: So many Republican Hypocrites, so little time.
Catch up with you soon.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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