Fighting Words: Comment: The New Yorker

Fighting Words: Comment: The New Yorker

Earlier this month at the National Press Club, in Washington, two expert September 11th political opportunists joined in an embrace, when Pat Robertson, the televangelist who attributed the terrorist attacks to American sinfulness, endorsed Rudy Giuliani, the Republican Presidential front-runner whose every campaign sentence, according to Senator Joseph Biden, consists of “a noun and a verb and 9/11.” Robertson explained his support for the pro-choice, pro-gay-rights candidate by stating, “The overriding issue before the American people is the defense of our population from the bloodlust of Islamic terrorists”—bringing to mind no one so much as the foreign-policy commentator Borat, who told a rodeo audience in Virginia, “May George Bush drink the blood of every single man, woman, and child of Iraq.”

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