The Villages, a sprawling retirement community of 60,000, is located in "The Heart of Florida." It's also a Republican stronghold.
Two-thirds of the community's residents voted for George Bush in 2004. In interviews last week with the St. Petersburg Times, most remained passionate in their support of the president, referring to him as "a man of integrity," and "the greatest president we've ever had."
"They don't believe the polls, they like Ann Coulter for telling it like it is and they think the news media withholds good news from Iraq," reports the newspaper.
"These Republican voters are not fond of Congress -- many said there's too much partisan bickering -- but their complaints were aimed at the institution, not the Republicans who run it. Likewise, scandals involving Reps. Tom DeLay and Randy 'Duke' Cunningham don't bother these voters. Many defended DeLay, a party leader who is accused of money laundering and conspiracy who recently resigned from Congress."
Because Republicans never won a debate by sticking to the issues, they have become dependent on personal attacks as their main offensive weapon. As they made clear in their defense of Ann Coulter's comments -- her "broader message," as they prefer to say -- Republicans nationwide are offended by having to debate people who have actually sacrificed something.
That's why they are outraged whenever their options are limited to either debating the issues or attacking opponents whose credibility is established by experience. They will always resort to name calling, however, when the first option fails -- even if that means attacking war heros and victims of terrorist acts.
As the president's poll numbers have plummeted, note the Republican desperation in praising the decisions of Bush and Cheney, men who know nothing of personal sacrifice -- especially on the battlefield -- while they inpugn the motives and patriotism of, among others, the 9/11 widows, Cindy Sheehan, John Murtha, and John Kerry.
So the GOP faithful ignore the facts and shout even louder. Republicans of The Villages are no different -- they're just typical Republicans. One octogenerian defender of Tom DeLay quipped that "at least he didn't do it under the desk in the Oval Office."
And these staunch defenders of the president's party know a thing or two about what happens under the desk -- especially since Bob Dole enlighted them to the benefits of Viagra:
"Doctors said sexually transmitted diseases among senior citizens are running rampant at a popular Central Florida retirement community, according to a Local 6 News report. A gynecologist at The Villages community near Orlando, Fla., said she treats more cases of herpes and the human papilloma virus in the retirement community than she did in the city of Miami."
At The Villages, there is no loss of support for George Bush -- and apparently no shortage of glass houses.
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