MoveOn’s Ad Is Not the Problem!

Exhibit A:

David Shuster points out a little problem with Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s (R-TN) MoveOn obsession (partial transcript via Crooks & Liars):

Shuster: “Let’s talk about the public trust. You represent, of course, a district in western Tennessee. What was the name of the last solider from your district who was killed in Iraq?”

Blackburn:”The name of the last soldier killed in Iraq uh – from my district I – I do not know his name -”

Shuster: “Ok, his name was Jeremy Bohannon, he was killed August the 9th, 2007. How come you didn’t know the name?”

Blackburn: “I – I, you know, I – I do not know why I did not know the name…” [Snip]

Shuster: “But you weren’t appreciative enough to know the name of this young man, he was 18 years old who was killed, and yet you can say chapter and verse about what’s going on with the New York Times and Move On.org.” [Snip]

Shuster: “But don’t you understand, the problems that a lot of people would have, that you’re so focused on an ad — when was the last time a New York Times ad ever killed somebody? I mean, here we have a war that took the life of an 18 year old kid, Jeremy Bohannon from your district, and you didn’t even know his name.”

4 Responses to “MoveOn’s Ad Is Not the Problem!”

  1. mooncat says:

    Game, set, match to Schuster. These Republicans don’t care about the sacrifices the “troops” are actually making. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R, OH) was expressing his true feelings (still no apology or retraction) when he talked about the “small price” of the effort in Iraq. It’s still fewer American kids than we lost in Vietnam, so it’s ok. I just want to shake these people.

    Note I said “these Republicans,” by which I mean the ones in power in Washington. I think many average voter sort of Republicans are concerned for the men and women who are paying the price of this war to control oil supplies. The Republicans running the show in DC are out of touch with a big chunk of their own party, as well as the Independents and Democrats.

  2. and, um, um, um, “I am just trying to score political points with an ad, but don’t really care about solders’ lives.”

  3. mooncat says:

    You can see (and hear) the longer version of this at Tennessee Guerilla Women — you’ll have to scroll down because I can’t figure out how to link to a particular post at TGW.

  4. Kathy says:

    Thanks, mooncat. I agree with you about the Republicans in Washington. You’d think their constituents would be screaming at them, but I don’t know how much effect that really has. They must think that if they aren’t up for re-election in 2008, they can somehow get past this war mess in time for another term.

    TE, you nailed it.

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