Friday, November 18, 2005

Murtha and the Beltway Bitches

Americablog says
This is incredibly stupid of the Republicans. They just gave Murtha a half hour of prime time to savage them and, as Rob said, define the debate on our terms on our issue.

Obviously the Republicans think the old lie, "Democrats are weak and don't support the military" is so ingrained in America's psyche that they can just parade a bunch of war veterans on TV to call "some on the other side" names like "peacenik," remind us of the anti-Vietnam protests, and point out that some in the military support the war.

Obviously, the Democrats in the House agree, since only three of them voted "aye" on the resolution.

And despite an overwhelming voice vote against the resolution (I couldn't even hear anyone say "aye"), the Republicans called for a recorded vote. This will be used in many campaigns next year: "Congressman so and so criticizes the president's job on the war in Iraq, but voted to support it...twice."

So was Murtha the stupid one to push this into open debate and recorded vote, knowing nearly no one in the entire House was backing him, giving the Republicans another opportunity to insinuate all Dems are cowards, traitors, and objectively pro-terrorist?

If the old lie were true; if the president had support for his leadership; if the Republicans weren't porking the country and committing so many indictable crimes; if Americans actually thought we were accomplishing much in Iraq; then it would have been stupid -- principled and right, but stupid.

However, none of that is the case. No one's buying that bullshit anymore. Enough talk, posturing, empty rhetoric. Show us something, or STFU. (I was channeling the average American there)

Instead, the Dems missed a grand opportunity to be an opposition party, send a message to the president and Republicans that they are standing up for our troops, America, principle, and sanity; they're not going to be cowed by dishonest insinuations anymore. Put them on notice -- we're coming to get you where you live.

But they just sat there like Beltway Bitches, nodding and clapping, saying "Uh huh, that's right," and then voting to "stay the course." They are pwned.

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