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Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Sunday, August 28, 2005

Republican Recruitment Roundup

The Boston Herald is this city's right-leaning daily. So you've gotta wonder when you see a headlin like this: "Romney backs war, but his kids are safe at home." (emphasis theirs)

Gov. Mitt Romney, who has comforted the grieving loved ones of soldiers killed in Iraq and promoted National Guard recruitment, yesterday said he has not urged his own sons to enlist - and isn't sure whether they would. [Romney has five sons between 24 and 35.]
The Herald posed the question as Romney - a potential 2008 White House contender and backer of President Bush's Iraq policy -was honored by the Massachusetts National Guard after he signed a bill extending pay for state workers on active duty.
"No, I have not urged my own children to enlist.I don't know the status of my childrens' potentially enlisting in the Guard and Reserve," Romney said, his voice tinged with anger.

Exhibit B: a recent speech by a college Republican at Purdue. Excerpt:

One thing you're missing the point on... there are some people..and you need to be more sensitive to it... there are some people here tonight that would like to serve our country, and would like to do it. But, for one reason or another they're unable to. You need to realize there are people out there who would do that, people right in this room. But they can't do it... you're not being sensitive to those people who do not have the opportunity to do that for one reason or another.

Fits rather nicely with my theory that young Republicans consider themselves to be this country's nobility-- a ruling caste too important to actually fight the battles they propose.

And from yesterday's WaPo:

With almost 1,900 U.S. troops killed in the Iraq war, Bush's job approval rating has plummeted to new lows. He is under increasing pressure from critics to finish training a new Iraqi security force and bring the soldiers home.

But in his weekly radio address Bush acknowledged there was more work ahead for American soldiers in Iraq.

"Our efforts in Iraq and the broader Middle East will require more time, more sacrifice and continued resolve," said Bush, who has spent most of August on vacation at his 1,600- acre (648-hectare) ranch.

Another funny-if-it-weren't-true moment with Fearless Leader.