Sunday, September 24, 2006

Devil Gaining on Hitler in Political Speech

Twice this week the Devil’s name was bandied about in political arenas. This marks an unforeseen recovery by the tempter of souls, who for the last year lagged badly behind Adolf Hitler in political comparisons. But Lucifer and his sulfur smell rallied sharply.

First Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez intoned the embodiment of evil in his descriptions of U.S. President George Bush. Two days later the Rev. Jerry Falwell suggested Senator Hillary Clinton would turn out more of his followers than if the devil were on the ballot.

Hugo Chavez and George Bush are old time name callers. Chavez called Bush “devil”, “donkey”, and “madman” in the past. George called the North Korean leader a “pygmy”, “a spoiled child” and “tyrant” earlier in his Presidency.

What prompted Rev. Falwell to join the circus? The opportunity came at a “Values Voter Summit”.

"I certainly hope that Hillary is the candidate," Falwell told a private prayer breakfast. "Because nothing will energize my (constituency) like Hillary Clinton…. If Lucifer ran, he wouldn't," Falwell added, drawing a roomful of laughs and cheers.

The remarks came during a 40-minute address Friday morning at the "Values Voter Summit," sponsored by the country's leading conservatives and featuring several Republicans who are considering running for president in 2008.

Yes, all those values voters who elect hyper-competitive, violent win-lose, name calling nutjobs. It’s hard to see the value of any of it.

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