Ron Silver is crapping his pants in fear and calling it political independence. Isn't that special?

After years of playing liberal icons and demonic slimebags, and being somewhat convincing in either type of role, Ron Silver is now so terrified of dying he's willing to betray every social and political principle he's ever held. But let him tell it himself:

Ron Silver won't let his liberal tendencies stop him from voting for Bush

- James Sterngold, Chronicle Staff Writer
Saturday, October 30, 2004

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Like many left-leaning voters, Ron Silver, the popular character actor, says he is appalled by what he calls the incompetence of the intelligence services before and after Sept. 11, the abysmal planning for the war in Iraq and the failure to find either weapons of mass destruction or a link between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda.

There's more. Silver is also a strong supporter of abortion rights, gay rights and stem cell research, all of which puts him sharply at odds with a handful of President George W. Bush's core domestic policies.

But you wouldn't know it from his stand in this election.

...Put simply, his concerns about terrorism are trumping everything else...

...Silver conceded that he has been troubled by disclosures that U.S. inspectors found no evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, a principal rationale for the war, and by what he sees as the botched occupation and growing chaos...

"I fully support the president and the war in Iraq," Silver said. "That doesn't mean the planning for the war was anything less than wretched. I would also say we just haven't been focused on public diplomacy. I think that's been a failure."

So it doesn't matter that he KNOWS Bush is a total incompetent, is unable to execute the events he's put into play, he's still gonna play out that "Texans are the REAL Americans and we Jews only visitors who need their approval," neurotic game. Shit Ronny, go talk it out with Phil Roth or Joe Heller.

...He said his concern about this election was not simply that Bush would be tougher on terrorists than Sen. John Kerry but also that Kerry's resolve might be softened by Democratic Party.

"I know and like John Kerry," said Silver. "However, I worry that the rank and file of the Democratic Party doesn't want him to do what he says he would do. It leaves you wondering where Kerry really stands. I guess I trust him, but I don't trust the party."

And you're right not to trust the party, Ronny, not if the party includes people like you. What's that term your new hero calls it? Oh yeah, "Flip-flopping."

So you call it conservative. I call it scared shitless.


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