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Thursday, May 18, 2006

 

On the Road to 2008 - Brother Jeb and 'Value Voters'


Jeb Bush * John McCain * Hillary Clinton
* Italy's Romano Prodi

George Will writes in the Post about the emergence of a new phrase in political campaigns. "Who Isn't A Value Voter". Just like moral values, which the GOP adopted, value voters is hollow and Will rightly takes it apart. "This phrase diminishes our understanding of politics. It also is arrogant on the part of social conservatives and insulting to everyone else because it implies that only social conservatives vote to advance their values and everyone else votes to . . . well, it is unclear what they supposedly think they are doing with their ballots."

Sacred trust, my foot. But we are going to hear and read more about value voters. Apparently, politicians and their handlers think there is capital to be made from them. Shame on the media for being ready and available to publicize such claptrap.
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Romano Prodi does the Right Thing

As expected, newly elected Prime Minister Romano Prodi of Italy came out against the occupation of Iraq. "Another U.S. ally in the war in Iraq distanced itself from the U.S.- led effort today when Italy's new prime minister, Romano Prodi, called the invasion and occupation a "grave error" and said he would propose a withdrawal of Italian troops."
  • "We consider the war in Iraq and the occupation of the country a grave error," Prodi told the upper house of Parliament, wire services reported. "It has not resolved, but complicated the situation of security." Italy has about 3,000 troops in Iraq in peacekeeping roles. They are already due to be withdrawn in groups before the end of the year. Prodi did not set forth a timetable for withdrawal and it was unclear whether he would speed up the departure."

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