11.21.2003

Sweet, Delicious Irony

Via Calpundit -

We all know that the GOP National Convention will be held in NYC, and that the date has been pushed back as close as possible to the anniversary of September 11, 2001. As a Texan, I can't really say how New Yorkers should feel about the exploitation of the most tragic moment of their lives. So I'll let the New Yorkers at RNC Not Welcome Org put words in my mouth:

We are New Yorkers adamantly opposed to the Republican's selection of our city to celebrate rising unemployment, their gutting of social services, tax cuts for the mega-rich, unlawful detention of immigrants, and their unrelenting exploitation of the 9/11 victims while standing on their ashes.

The Republican National Committee has, for the first time in their 150 year history, selected New York for their Convention in 2004. In a shallow attempt at exploiting the lives lost at the World Trade Center, the RNC has pushed the Convention date (usually held in July) to September. We have witnessed two unjust wars, at least one American life lost each day overseas, a depressed economy, the collapse of the dollar, $87 billion to boost war profiteering, the closing of our firehouses, a health-care crisis, millions of children being left behind, and now this. We say, Enough!



The GOP's shameless exploitation of 9/11 has certainly put them in a difficult position in Illinois, because a Presidential candidate must be nominated before September in order to be listed on the Illinois ballot. Democrats in Illinois have worked out a nice deal with the GOP, though. They'll allow Bush to be listed on the ballot in the Presidential election, and Republicans have promised to count hanging chads and dimples in Illinois! Sounds like a decent arrangement.

From the Chicago Sun Times:

State law requires Bush be certified as a candidate in late August. But that is in doubt because his likely nomination comes Sept. 2 at the GOP convention in New York City, something national Republicans failed to consider when setting the convention date.

"I'm happy as a bipartisan person, as a leader on the Democratic side of the aisle, to make sure we have a fair election and let the president on the ballot," said Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), the election bill's House sponsor.

To waive the certification requirement for Bush, the House GOP pinched its nose and joined Democrats to pass an election package 84-21. Now in the Senate, the package would wipe away more than $900,000 in election fines to White and other officeholders and permit paper ballots with hanging or dimpled "chads" to be counted.

"There's an awful lot of Republicans who said, 'Whoops, what do we do?' " said Rep. Bill Black (R-Danville), who supported the measure. "If we don't pass this bill, there's a strong possibility our presidential candidate would not be on the Illinois ballot in November."



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