Josh Marshall usually is very dignified and objective; but this little quote proves he has a way with words when he's passionate:
I mean, the question isn't whether that would be a crass use of the 9/11 tragedies for political gain. The question is whether it's possible to imagine anything more crass. Isn't ground zero something like a graveyard?
What could be worse? The president addressing the crowd wearing a pelt from a recently executed Guantanamo prisoner? Personally executing Saddam on stage with a scimitar?
I tend to agree (like that was going to be hard to guess), but I'll take it one further: it's sick.
These people did not die so that George Bush could stand in front of them patting himself on the back for what a "good job" he's done protecting the country. They died in a horrible, tragic event. Using Ground Zero is much like anyone using another's death to further themselves -- sad beyond words.
I'd also like to point out similar objections were brought forth about Paul Wellstone's memorial, and the reported political overtones that disgusted some Republicans.
One politician's death might bring some partisan commentary -- 3000 dead just shouldn't.Posted by Ted Stevko at March 8, 2004 12:36 AM | TrackBack