Thursday, November 17, 2005

Swift-boating Murtha, slandering Democrats

(I'd like to thank Andrew Sullivan, one of my favourite bloggers, for linking to this post and to welcome his readers to The Reaction. I hope you enjoy your stay here and I invite you to keep coming back for multiple daily posts on politics, culture, and various related topics. Thanks again, Andrew.)

An addendum to my post from earlier this evening:

At AMERICAblog, John Aravosis reveals that the Pentagon (White House?) is already swift-boating Murtha. Not that we could honestly have expected anything else. This is how they deal with their opponents, with those who dare to question them.

Digby responds.


Right-wing insanity alert:

Michelle Malkin stand-in Lorie Byrd: "This war has become the Democrats' best hope for 2006 and they are going to do whatever it takes to get the maximum advantage from it. The more American lives that are lost between now and then, the better they think it will be for them. That is the sad truth. Hopefully, not even the mainstream media will not be able to disguise that strategy."

Or: Democrats want American troops to die.

It's truly and utterly shameful that so many on the right hold this astonishingly partisan and ignorant view. But that's only because so many of them have lost their minds.

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  • I don't believe for one second that Malkin and her ilk really believe Democrats really want American troops to die. They're saying it to score political points. Their message in Nov 2006 will be: my opponents are unpatriotic. That's the way they avoid losing control of the House and Senate.

    By Blogger Jack Davis, at 1:09 AM  

  • Oh, I don't believe it either, Jack. Clearly, it's all they've got at the moment. The softer version comes from Bush, but this is the kind of stripped-down partisanship that we're likely to see a whole lot of going into 2006.

    By Blogger Michael J.W. Stickings, at 9:10 AM  

  • I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss it. These are true believers who are willing to believe the absolute worst of their opponents. Left-wingers do the same thing--they all interpret anything Bush or Republicans do in the most sinister light possible. I do believe that many of the conservatives really think that Democrats are power-hungry and unAmerican and willing to do anything at all to get in power--the same way that lefties think about Republicans. Now, whether Rove and Bush actually think that I don't know, but I wouldn't assume that it's all just politics. There's not a lot of good faith in politics these days.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:18 AM  

  • If anyone wants to see how we were misled into war in Iraq, check this story out. George W. Bush and all his henchmen ought to be confronted with the truth. Please, everyone, pass the truth along.

    By Blogger Ed Bremson, MFA, at 1:14 PM  

  • I'm just waiting for the "t" words to be thrown around and used against anyone who supports Murtha or a pullout timetable--



    By Blogger zoe kentucky, at 1:45 PM  

  • I don't give a crap about any of the poltiical menuverings. I got money invested in Iraq. My mope of a son gave me $2100 bucks worth of Iraqi Dinars for 'FATHER'S DAY' and I'm prayin' to make a little cash when the place settles down and they start buyin Ford and GM. If the Crips,Bloods and El Rukin in urban Iraq get the heave-ho, my future looks brighter. Here's to whoever's running the show, can't wait to see somebody sippin' a Machoo-Latte' in a Starbucks.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:30 PM  

  • The Republicans will find themselves cornered by their own words.

    For decades, they have traditionally spun the Democratic Party as the non military, no war party. Right now the majority of Americans want the Iraq situation fixed, they disagree with with the way we got into to it or the way we handled it or both, and it seems like a majority want out, a huge segment of which don't care if we even both to put together a UN Force.

    Because the Democrats have been viewed as Doves, the public will naturally drift towards them, and the more Republicans try to villify them for wanting to get out of the mess of Iraq, or of wanting to adopt a strategy with more allied troops, the more they push people towrds the Democrats.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:49 PM  

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