The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Friday, October 29, 2004  

Why Do the Republicans Love the Terrorists?

I suppose if they were going to do it anywhere, they would do it in Pennsylvania. Not in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut: It's too sensitive an issue, and those states aren't "in play." But Pennsylvania, well, that's a swing state with voters just close enough to, and just far enough removed from, the tragedy to be exploitable.

I'm talking about the Bush-Cheney campaign's despicable use of images from September 11 in an attempt to win voters here.

The Blue Lemur reports, in "Final Hours," by John Byrne, publisher and editor in chief of Raw Story Media: "In a last ditch bid to win Pennsylvania’s electoral votes, where Democratic Sen. John Kerry is leading is most polls, President George W. Bush has engaged in mailings [that] contain myriad graphic images of the burning World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001."

As Byrne notes, this is a new trick: "While the Bush-Cheney campaign has routinely used 9/11 as a keystone of their campaign, these are the first print advertisements this site is aware of which actually display multiple images of the burning twin towers. The ad states that it was paid for by the Republican National Committee, with the approval of Bush-Cheney '04."

I'm sorry, my friends. They've done you wrong.

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