Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

MoveOn ad more weightly than Petreus' testimony 

Right-wingers get dimmer by the hour

On edit: More weightly than Petraeus' testimony, too

This afternoon, I got an email from RNC Chairman Mike Duncan. Before urgently asking me three times for "$1,000, $500, $100, $50 or $25 [to] get our message past the liberal mainstream media filter, he explained,

The radical liberals have taken over the Democrat Party ... This week [MoveOn.org] ran full page newspaper ads attacking the integrity of our top military commander in Iraq, General Petraeus, as he was testifying before Congress. And, the Democrat leaders have said nothing. Nothing! Are they complicit in these attacks by their silence?

Gee, Mike, I don't know. Is absolute silence in regards to a a $65K bad pun in the face of congressional testimony concerning an unpopular $2 billion a week war that has so far killed or maimed 30,000 Americans such a bad thing? I think not.

The RNC's idea that no Democrat leader has but breathed a whisper about the ad both contradicts its assertion that The radical liberals have taken over the Democrat Party and is, how do I put this ... completely made up by the RNC.

Googling for news items about moveon+ad turns up several salient articles at least a day old at the time the fire-brand GOP Chairman delivered his fatwa, including this,

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday expressed her disapproval of MoveOn.org's ad that referred to Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. troops in Iraq, as "General Betray Us."

"I would have preferred that they won't do such an ad," Pelosi said. The Speaker said it is not her prerogative "to say how people express themselves" and that the ad is "a demonstration of the frustration that people have about the war."


"It is unfortunate that Republican presidential candidates are focused on generating a political sideshow instead of discussing the president's failed war policy," said a spokesman for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"Sen. Clinton is going to keep her focus where it should be: on ending the war."

Former Sen. John Edwards said he "honors Gen. Petraeus' service and patriotism, but the general is wrong to believe that the American people or Congress should give President Bush's failed Iraq strategy more time," spokesman Eric Schultz said.

"Sen. Obama's question is not about Gen. Petraeus' patriotism. It's about his logic," said Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for Barack Obama.


Chris Dodd, asked about the moveon.org ad: "This is not about the personality of General Petraeus. I have respect for him as a military individual here giving his best assessment. And even his assessments indicate this is not going to be easy at all, even under the best of scenarios they're describing here. So the debate ought not to be about the personalities. The debate is about the policy".


Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, called the ad "over the top."
"I don't like any kind of characterizations in our politics that call into question any active duty, distinguished general who I think under any circumstances serves with the best interests of our country," said Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate and a decorated veteran.

"I think there are a lot of legitimate questions that need to be asked, a lot of probing that ought to take place; there's a lot of legitimate accountability that needs to be achieved. It ought to be done without casting any aspersions on anyone's character or motives," he added.

And this,

"The issue isn't General Petraeus," [Sen. Harry] Reid spokesman Jim Manley told FOX News. "He is a good man and a fine soldier. The problem is that he was brought in to administer a war that had already been badly mismanaged by President Bush."

"Serious questions have been raised, and will continue to be raised, about the veracity of some of the statistics that will be cited by the White House and General Petraeus. As General Petraeus himself said during his confirmation hearing in January, the objective of the surge was to provide Iraq's national government time to reach political reconciliation, and by every independent assessment made so far, that simply hasn't happened," Manley said.

The GOP apparently assumes the dirt they have left to plow consists mostly of incurious bitter partisan nitwits who can even forget what FOX News just told them as soon as a GOPer paints the specter of destruction imaginary liberals will reign down upon all that is Right and Good. In this case, they bring their destruction by being silent.

And guess what? Those who have bucked up throughout the GOP's hard times and stayed the course with their policy-embattled and corruption-encrusted party are justly rewarded: They don't have to think at all about what Petraeus and Crocker said this week! The important thing is that the Democrats dishonored them!

PS. Curiously, but not surprisingly, my favorite bitter-right-winger (who insists she doesn't repeat right-wing talking points yet miraculously comes up with the same twisted un-realities described in RNC propaganda) took the idea and ran with it,

Today we have the most disgusting politicians in the Democratic party that I find it hard to believe they are really fellow Americans ...

What ever happened to the idea of guilty [sic] until proven innocent [sic]? Well Democrats and organizations like MoveOn started a slander case against Gen. Petraeus ... I personally think they should resign!

When pressed in comments to reveal the precise names of the disgusting politicians she was calling on to resign, she burrows deeper into GOP la-la land,

Namely I think Nancy Peolsi and Harry Reid should resign, they were discrediting the General before he even spoke. And no Democrat pubically denounced the MoveOn ad that appeared Monday, also prior to the General's testimony.

Remember, these are her thoughts, not the GOP's. Eerie how similarly wrong they are. Gives me chills!

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