Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Republican hate group equates Howard Dean with suicide bombers

This comes courtesy of Ari Berman of The Nation:

As RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman praised the election of his new counterpart Howard Dean, influential Republican front groups were already planning a mendacious offensive against the new DNC chair.

The first attack came courtesy of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), a big money pro-Israel lobby group linking Jewish-American neoconservatives to the Christian Right and Israel's Likud government. On Monday the RJC began running full-page ads in major Jewish newspapers across the country featuring a large photo of militants strapped with explosives coddling a young Palestinian boy. Above that arresting image is a quote by Dean: "It's not our place to take sides." Below the photo are quotes by Democrats critical of Dean. The ad effectively equates Dean's election with the appeasement of suicide bombers.

Time for the Rapid Responders to swing into action! Howard Dean has already shown the way with his own rapid response to the smear from the head of the New York Republican Party. We need to do the same in response to this outrage!

It is long past time that we demand that Republicans stop coddling hate mongers for their own political benefit.

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