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Wednesday 7 October 2009

The Republican Wrong – Time Travel

So Chicago failed to get the 2016 Olympics. Get over it? Not, it seems, just yet. There has been a variety of fallout: the right have been applauding – yes, applauding a failure of the USA – merely because the issue has been associated with Barack Obama, who they think is a socialist, or even a communist – these being more “acceptable” characterisations than admitting that they have a problem with an African-American in the White House.

But, bless him, the biscuit taking prize has to go to Glenn Beck, star of Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse) who argued that the Olympics would lose the USA money and so weren’t worth having. Problem was, Beck’s example was Vancouver, and he opined that the city had lost a billion dollars (whether US or Canadian ones, he didn’t say) on the Olympics.

Unless Beck has access to a time machine, this is a difficult one to stand up: Vancouver does not host the Winter Olympics and Paralympics until next year.

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