Thursday, August 10, 2006

Oh, that explains it

The AP detects a double standard:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Republican Party defended President Bush's decision not to cancel a fundraising trip to the state on Thursday at the same time it also applauded Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's cancellation of his appearances.

Romney, who was scheduled to appear at a pair of Wisconsin fundraisers on Thursday, canceled to remain in his state in the wake of news that a terrorist plot involving airlines had been disrupted.

President Bush, however, followed through with his scheduled appearance in Green Bay and Oneida for a fundraiser to benefit Republican congressional candidate John Gard.

Wisconsin Republican Party spokesman Bob Delaporte defended the apparently contradictory decisions saying it was "ridiculous," "asinine" and "a real stretch" to question why Bush didn't cancel his appearance.

In a statement announcing Romney's decision to cancel, state Republican Party Chairman Rick Graber said, "The safety of the people of our nation is above politics. Gov. Romney understands that and I respect his proactive leadership in dealing with the recently uncovered terrorist plots."

Bush's circumstances are different from Romney's, Delaporte said.

"It's completely and utterly different," Delaporte said. "He has the most powerful jet on the planet. He can run an entire war from that. It's not like he has to be in Washington, D.C."
Of course. Bush has a better airplane.


At 11:01 PM, Blogger XOut said...

On this one... you are completely right.

The President shouldn't have had to cancel his visit and there is no legitimate reason for Romney to cancel.

Thankfully - this would be the second time we were spared from having him visit Wisconsin.

At 5:28 PM, Blogger SteveS said...

Comparing the two situations there is no question a Gov. with a minor security detail is far more exposed than the President during a State Visit.

As much as I am 100% for transparency in Government, VIP protection is one area the details should remain out of the public informationsphere and the decisions of the professionals, whether to go or not go, be deemed acceptable under tha basis we citizens lack the informational context of the decision making.


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