Sunday, May 20, 2012
We cats are unhappy that the Republicans think they can score easy points by slamming Jimmy Carter. The latest example: Willard Mitt Romney's rope line comment that "even Jimmy Carter would have given that order" to kill bin Laden.
Note to Willard: Jimmy Carter did give that kind of order. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out quite as well as the bin Laden mission that President Obama authorized. Such are the perils of the Presidency.
Still and all, it's silly for the GOP to harp on Carter. It's not just because we cats worked for him (yes, we know we're dating ourselves). Or because, like everything else the Republicans say, their disdain for Carter is way too facile and one-dimensional.
It's stupid simply because — excuse us here — how many active voters actually remember the Carter Administration? We wager, not many. In fact, if you're 40 or younger, you barely remember Ronald Reagan. (Lucky you.)
Therefore, making Carter into a bete noire kinda falls on deaf ears. But then, we never assume that the Romney people actually know what they're doing.
At the same time, we understand their hostility. Former President Carter is the recipient of the one accolade that the Republicans are furious that Reagan didn't receive: the Nobel Peace Prize.
Ha! We cats PURR.