Friday, January 13, 2006

Life Imitates Blog

From a post earlier this week discussing a Joshua Green article about the new wave of Iraq War veterans who are running for office on the Democratic ticket:

It is immensely encouraging to see these brave men and women take up the standard of politics in order to actively address the listing and counterproductive policies that they have an up-close familiarity with. Sadly for them, I don't think the "support the troops" GOP will spare them any vitriol or character assassination. Didn't seem to shield Kerry, or Max Cleland to name but a few. I'm sure Rush, Coulter, Malkin, Savage, Hannity and other GOP apparatchiks are already honing their countermeasures: cultivating their misinformation, recruiting their slanderers and manning their Swift Boats. Still, I don't think these Democrats will shrink from the fight. Neither should we. Good luck.
Jane Hamsher today on the disgraceful way the GOP is sliming John Murtha - a Marine (that should be enough) who served in Vietnam (more than enough) and has two purple hearts (his record should be off limits - really, enough is enough):

Let the Swift Boating of Murtha Begin:

Murtha's War Hero Status Called Into Question
By Marc Morano and Randy Hall Staff
January 13, 2006

Read Article About Murtha's Links to Abscam

( - Having ascended to the national stage as one of the most vocal critics of President Bush's handling of the war in Iraq, Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman John Murtha has long downplayed the controversy and the bitterness surrounding the two Purple Hearts he was awarded for military service in Vietnam.
Suggest the ominous in a big buildup -- people who don't read closely will think there's a lot of shit on this guy and it's been going on for a long time, it's not something that just got dragged out now.

Then find some old veteran to do your dirty work for you so the criticism won't be laid at the feet of chickenshit bedwetting BushCo. hatchet men:

World War II Navy veteran Harry M. Fox, previously indicated that Murtha in 1968 personally asked Fox's boss, then-U.S. Rep. John Saylor (R-Pa.), for assistance in obtaining the Purple Hearts, but was turned down because Saylor's office determined that Murtha lacked sufficient evidence of wounds. Murtha later challenged Saylor for his House seat in 1968 and lost. Fox said he personally viewed Murtha's military records in 1968 as Saylor's aide.
Make sure your story is unverifiable:

Cybercast News Service attempted to contact Fox for this article, but learned that the health of the 81-year-old was too poor to allow him to communicate.

Bury this caveat in the bottom of the story. People will not read that far.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
Charming. This is a family website, so I can't repeat what Steve Gilliard said, but he has an interesting version of what Murtha's response should look like. The modern day GOP. Amazing. Look, I understand politics is a realm of sharp elbows, but this pattern of attacking veterans' military records is really beyond the beyonds. At least it should be.

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