Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Fool us once...

Christy Oglesby, "Return of the 'compassionate conservative'", CNN, 2004 August 31.
In the 2000 campaign, President Bush portrayed himself as a "compassionate conservative" -- an open, more inclusive Republican -- in a bid to win over middle-of-the-road voters. This year, he'll try once again to appeal to moderate, swing voters.

Christy Oglesby, "GOP pitches 'big tent' strategy", CNN, 2004 August 31.
Republican ringmasters have a plan for crowding the red canopy and keeping President Bush in the White House. Make sure regulars return. Beckon undecideds. And entice a few who usually go to the show beneath the big blue tent.

That's the mission, and party insiders and political augurs say Republicans know what message to bark -- moderation, moderation, moderation.
Just when you thought the Republicans couldn't insult the intelligence of the American public any further.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Republican National Convention, 2004 August 31.
[W]hen Nelson Mandela smiled in election victory after all those years in prison, America celebrated, too.
Uh, Arnie, would that be the same Nelson Mandela who called George W. Bush "a president who can't think properly and wants to plunge the world into holocaust"? That Nelson Mandela? Just checking.

This is a full nelson, bitch! It's a pun.