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Date Posted: 07:21
Author: Eponymous - 14 May 2002
Subject: Re: pedophile priests
In reply to: Anonymous - 14 May 2002 's message, "pedophile priests" on 07:20

Strange. I don't know that I've heard Rudy Giuliani stand up and call for blood on the issue. Does O'Reilly think Giuliani would be more assertive if he were still in office?

What's also interesting about this passage is that O'Reilly's paradigm of civic and political virtue is a Republican, while his model of the archetypal sleazeball politico is a Democrat. I'm sure this was inadvertant.

And even when O'Reilly tries to be even-handed, as with indicting both Kennedy and Jeb Bush, above, there's a clear distinction in the underlying issues - soft on pedophilia, on the one case, soft on bureaucratic screw-ups in the other.

The more accurate analysis would be somthing like this: Politicians of all stripes are loathe to challenge the church, for fear of voter reprisal. Yeah, they're wimps, O'Reilly - but they're ALL wimps.

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