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Wednesday night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, former Tennessee Senator; turned actor, turned Senator, turned actor again, Fred Thompson finally made official his candidacy for President of the United States. The announcement was met with the requisite wild applause.

A Q&A session with Leno ensued on the dual subject of Iraq and Iran. Thompson proceeded to deliver oft repeated Republican talking points defending the decision to go into Iraq (you know, rationalizations that, by themselves, the American people NEVER would of agreed was justification enough to invade a country that was no threat to us… but Hell, now that we already have, any “victory”… no matter how small… that allows these people to sleep at night is worth repeating early and often!)

He spoke about all the “United Nations resolutions Saddam ignored”… you know… resolutions that ordered him to destroy all the weapons he didn’t have? And his manipulation of the “Oil for Food” program that WE concocted and he found a way to circumvent? And of course, Saddam’s sons, Uday and Cusay, that “terrorized the Iraqi people”… unlike the daily car and market bombings, and the five years without electricity and clean water they endure today?

You know, little things like that. Yea, America!

And then there’s that rattlesnake in the chicken coop: Iran. They’re arming the “terrorists”, developing nukes, and have a crazy man “that’s not put together right upstairs” running their country. You know… THOSE guys.

But what REALLY struck me was the FIVE MINUTES OF DEAFENING SILENCE that greeted Fred as he delivered his uninspired laundry list, so much so that I had to put it in a video:

If this is the best the GOP has to offer, the Democrats will be in great shape come the ’08 election.

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