Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Grand Opportunist Party Exploits Fear and Terrorism

Who forgot to lock the asylum door?

As MSNBC's David Shuster's graphic said quite effectively, the GOP stands for the "Grand Opportunist Party."

Receiving criticism for vacationing in Hawaii when the failed underwear bomber attack occurred, Former Romney spokesman Kevin Madden came out with this gem aimed at Obama: "Hawaii, to many Americans, seems like a foreign place."

Rep. Pete Hoekstra, not realizing his criticism could just as easily been applied to the Bush/Cheney administration, said "Again, these are the same weak-kneed liberals who have recently tried to bring Guantanamo Bay terrorists right here to Michigan!..." He then asked for a monetary donation.

According to the Washington Post:

Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse said: "This episode highlights that on this issue Republicans are simply hypocrites, and it proves what we have said for a long time - there is nothing - no bounds whatsoever - to what they will politicize for their own political gain. What's more telling is that they have no shame in doing it - inconsistency, political opportunism and hypocrisy seem to define the Republican Party and their approach to politics and policy."

The political pushback comes in reaction to a concerted GOP effort to reclaim the national security issue from a young president they see as vulnerable.

Leading that charge once again is former vice president Dick Cheney, who said in a statement to Politico that Obama is making the country less safe by "pretending" that the U.S. is not at war with terrorists.

In the statement, Cheney leveled a broadly worded charge against Obama: "Why doesn't he want to admit we're at war? It doesn't fit with the view of the world he brought with him to the Oval Office. It doesn't fit with what seems to be the goal of his presidency - social transformation -- the restructuring of American society. President Obama's first object and his highest responsibility must be to defend us against an enemy that knows we are at war."

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