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July 10, 2006

Taylor Marsh: The Swiftboating of John Murtha

A Patriot Project Exclusive by Taylor Marsh

Everything was okay until November 17, 2005.

But then all hell broke loose. Scott McClellan kicked it off.

"Congressman Murtha is a respected veteran and politician who has a record of supporting a strong America. So it is baffling that he is endorsing the policy positions of Michael Moore and the extreme liberal wing of the Democratic party. .." - Press Secretary Scott McClellan (November 17, 2005)

Never mind that on November 15, 2005, the Senate voted 79-19 that 2006 “should be a period of significant transition to full Iraqi sovereignty.”

Free Republic ran with GOP Lawmakers Float Ethics Probe of Murtha on November 18, 2005, not wasting a moment's time, which was taken from Roll Call, both of which ran the day after Murtha announced his Iraq withdrawal plan. The ethics probe dealt with matters going back to 2004 and 2005. Why now?

If Rep. Murtha didn't have real military clout, being the first Vietnam veteran elected to the House, the Republican Party wouldn't have bothered with him. But he does, so they did. It has now escalated into a conservative campaign to swiftboat a decorated Marine veteran.

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Posted by James Boyce on July 10, 2006 10:19 AM | Permalink | Email This Post

July 07, 2006

Paul Krugman: The Treason Card

Democratic Underground discusses a must-read from Paul Krugman:

"The nature of the right-wing attack on The New York Times — an attack not on the newspaper's judgment, but on its motives — seems to have startled many people in the news media. After an editorial in The Wall Street Journal declared that The Times has what amount to treasonous intentions — that it "has as a major goal not winning the war on terror but obstructing it" — The Journal's own political editor pronounced himself "shocked," saying that "I don't know anybody on the news staff of The Wall Street Journal that believes that."

But anyone who was genuinely shocked by The Journal's willingness to play the treason card must not have been paying attention these past five years."

Posted by James Boyce on July 7, 2006 04:28 PM | Permalink | Email This Post

George Allen Gets Ready To Play The "Hitler" Card Versus Jim Webb

The Fourth of July speeches and salutes to the troops are still ringing in our ears when the news comes in that George Allen has hired Scott Howell as a media consultant to his campaign to defeat Jim Webb. In the Washington Times piece detailing the hire, Howell was called "one of the most impressive political consultants on this decade."

Impressive? I call it disgusting. This is the same low-life who got paid to take out Max Cleland, another American hero. Howell didn't stop there. He then went on to become one of the masterminds behind the Swift Boat lies. Howell also did the horrific ad claiming that Tom Kaine wouldn't have supported the death penalty for Adolf Hitler. Now, Howell is putting his boat back in the water with George Allen.

All we can hope is that the good people in Virginia can tell the difference between a real American hero, Jim Webb, and a true American disgrace, George Allen.

Read more at Huffington Post

Posted by James Boyce on July 7, 2006 02:46 PM | Permalink | Email This Post

George Allen Preparing to Swiftboat James Webb?

Apropos of our previous post on Sen. George Allen's new ad man, strong words and a warning from Taylor Marsh:

"Here we go yet again. Not only did George Allen just hire the swiftboat ad man, but he's the guy also responsible for the Hitler ad. You can view all the ads here.

It's really simple. George Allen is going to swiftboat James Webb, yet another Democratic veteran running in 2006. There are quite a few Fighting Dems, dozens more than Republicans can claim. There's a reason for that, too. All you have to do is look at Iraq. But hiring the guy who swiftboated John Kerry and ruined Max Cleland's Senate prospects?

George Allen has, yet again, shown his true colors. Racist, anti veteran, ready to smear anyone to win, with absolutely no spine or character whatsoever. We need to remember this when Mr. Allen runs for president, which he will if he wins back his Senate seat. "

Posted by James Boyce on July 7, 2006 01:46 PM | Permalink | Email This Post

Mistaking Dissent for Appeasement

Victor Davis Hanson pushes the Dissent=Appeasement meme:

"[T]here are a number of influential Americans - let us be frank - who want us to forfeit this effort in Iraq. For some prominent Democrats, like a Sen. Kennedy or Sen. Durbin, who compares our wartime military on occasion to Saddam's Baathists or Nazis, it is an issue of simple partisanship. If Iraq blows up in the face of the United States, and we can still avoid another September 11, then they wager that Bush and his cohorts, in the manner of a wrecked Johnson or Nixon administration, might alone suffer the political consequences. For them, collateral damage to America is worth the risk incurred by their own sleazy rhetoric."

Kos weighs in on the issue of dissent here:

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Posted by James Boyce on July 7, 2006 12:32 PM | Permalink | Email This Post



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