Tuesday, February 22, 2005

QUESTIONS FOR AARP BASHERS On Monday, The New York Times reported that the people behind last year's Swiftboat Veterans For Truth campaign have decided on a new target: Social Security privatization opponents, specifically AARP.

Later in the day, it became clear just how low those folks are willing to stoop when this over-the-top ad surfaced at the American Spectator website:

The ad is clearly offensive--for a whole slew of reasons. But it also begs a number of questions.

Namely, if the AARP is really a front group for soldier-hating fans of man-on-man kissing:

1. Why did the President brag repeatedly about the Association's endorsement of his Medicare drug bill?

2. Why did he send his wife to speak at its national convention?

3. Why did he appoint its CEO to a presidential commission and go out of his way to praise him, saying:

The groups that speak for the elderly did fantastic work on this legislation...

Bill Novelli, the CEO of AARP, stood strong in representing the people he was supposed to represent and worked hard to get this legislation passed.

And, Bill, I want to thank you for your leadership.
The President seems awfully comfortable aligning himself with these military-loathing, gay love fanatics.

What is he thinking?

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