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These young f*cking Repug quotes say it all


Chimpy’s lackluster, unconvincing, even surrealistic “stay the course” speech this evening from Fort Bragg, featured a plea for more warm bodies to dodge IEDs in Iraq that was loud and clear (and desperate):

I thank those of you who have re-enlisted in an hour when your country needs you. And to those watching tonight who are considering a military career, there is no higher calling than service in our Armed Forces. We live in freedom because every generation has produced patriots willing to serve a cause greater than themselves.

If you’re a young Repug, however, maybe they are hearing a different calling than the one above.

By the time I encountered Cory Bray, a towering senior from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, the beer was flowing freely. “The people opposed to the war aren’t putting their asses on the line,” Bray boomed from beside the bar. Then why isn’t he putting his ass on the line? “I’m not putting my ass on the line because I had the opportunity to go to the number-one business school in the country,” he declared, his voice rising in defensive anger, “and I wasn’t going to pass that up.”

— from Max Blumenthal’s piece, “Generation Chickenhawk,” in The Nation, interviewing Young College Republicans about why they aren’t enlisting.

But wait, there’s more…

And besides, being a College Republican is so much more fun than counterinsurgency warfare. Bray recounted the pride he and his buddies had felt walking through the center of campus last fall waving a giant American flag, wearing cowboy boots and hats with the letters B-U-S-H painted on their bare chests. “We’re the big guys,” he said. “We’re the ones who stand up for what we believe in. The College Democrats just sit around talking about how much they hate Bush. We actually do shit.”

When 25-year-old candidate Mike Davidson emerged in the center of the room, the party fell to a hush. “Does everybody know why we’re here today?” Davidson asked his supporters, who had huddled around him.

Beer!” someone shouted. The crowd exploded with laughter.

Can I hurl now?

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