I often wish the Lef…
I often wish the Left would distance itself from its loonies the way the Right does.

The Bush administration swiftly and unequivocally distanced itself Tuesday from a suggestion by religious broadcaster Pat Robertson that American agents assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a frequent target of U.S. foreign policy.

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, appearing at a Pentagon news conference, said when asked: “Our department doesn’t do that kind of thing. It’s against the law. He’s a private citizen. Private citizens say all kinds of things all the time.”

Acknowledging differences with the Caracas government, and saying it should be promoting democracy in the Western Hemisphere, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack called Robertson’s remarks “inappropriate.”

“This is not the policy of the United States government. We do not share his views,” McCormack said in a flat refutation of Robertson’s suggestion that the United States “take out” Chavez to stop Venezuela from becoming a “launching pad for communist influence and Muslim extremism.”

Remember, it was right-side blogs that were just as, if not more, vocal about Trent Lott’s Strom Thurmond remarks. But when Howard Dean, far more a spokesman for the Left than Robertson is for the Right, talk about how he thinks Bush knew about 9/11 before it happened or say he “hates” Republicans, or when Cynthia McKinney (when she was still an elected Democrat) was willing to take money on the condition that America be blamed first, far too many on the Left just cheer.

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