Rush v. MoveOn.org updated & bumped
Will the Democrats go after Rush? Considering that David Obey and the Democrats
have caved on
right-wing radio many times before, even encouraging them, I’m not holding
my breath. Democrats still don’t get what right-wing radio does to our candidates.
If Hillary Clinton is the nominee, they will be merciless, using innuendo and
little fact to smear her.
Do Democrats in Congress approve of what Rush Limbaugh said? Do they think military men and
women speaking out against the Iraq war and what ridiculous odds our troops
face are “phony soldiers”? What are they going to do about it? How about a little indignation theater?
John McCain said Moveon.Org should be “thrown
out of the country.” Should Rush? He called the MoveOn.org ad “McCarthyite.”
Rush using “phony soldiers” is swiftboating at the highest level of
media power. What will McCain say about that?
Any American who risks his or her life to defend us has earned the respect and gratitude of every American citizen, irrespective of their views on this war. If Mr. Limbaugh made the remark he is reported to have made, it reflects very poorly on him and not the objects of his offensive comment. I expect most Americans, whatever their political views, will have the same reaction. He would be well advised to retract it and apologize. – John McCain
Fred Thompson railed against
MoveOn.org. He wanted our ’08 candidates to be asked every day on the campaign
trail about the ad. Well, someone needs to ask Fred Thompson if he agrees with
Rush’s “phony soldier” slur.
Mitt weighed in as well: Romney called the ad “outrageous,”
adding, “Like the men he commands, he is risking his life to protect our
freedoms here at home. We should not prejudge him or his testimony, or give
him anything less than the full respect he deserves.”
What about Rudy Giuliani? Does he agree with Rush? Does ‘Mr. 9/11′, who has
smeared the troops
(and got away with it) before in favor of propping up the president, agree with
the “phony soldier” swiftboating? Rudy went
at Hillary Clinton directly.
“I know that MoveOn.org contributes hundreds of millions of dollars
to Democratic campaigns. But it’s the way in which they contribute it, that’s
really the offensive part. They contribute it, by and large, doing character
assassination on Republican politicians and they get away with it,” Giuliani
said. “But they should not be allowed to get away with it when they try
to do character assassination on an American general who is putting his life
at risk to protect America.”
Where are the Republicans? Will they disavow Rush’s comment?
Will the Democrats put together a resolution condemning him in the Senate and
House? You know the answer to that one. It’s the reason we’re losing the marketing
war against the war. We shrug, they slug.
UPDATE: Today on his show Rush Limbaugh said he was only talking about “one soldier.” That is a lie. He talked in the plural of “phony soldiers.” Again and again, Rush Limbaugh attacks — wait for it — Democratic soldiers. There wasn’t one single Republican mentioned in his “phony soldiers” slur. Not even the transcript follows his faulty logic. He doesn’t even mention the one soldier until well after his “phony soldiers” line. He knows he’s been caught attacking soldiers who are against the Iraq war. I’ve been listening to Rush since the beginning. The man is freaked. He’s going back to John Kerry, swiftboating him again with lies. Desperation from Limbaughcam alert.