Saturday, September 15, 2007
Elizabeth Edwards Responds To MoveOn
Not sure it's really meant that way, but in any case, Elizabeth Edwards makes hers the first campaign to directly criticize MoveOn.org's "General Betray Us" ad, breaking with the Democrats' strategy of, basically, ignoring it.
“Someone who’s spent their life in the military doesn’t deserve ‘General Betray Us,’” said Edwards, wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.
Elizabeth Edwards spoke in an interview after a Des Moines campaign appearance. She noted that her father was a career naval officer, and she grew up on Navy bases, so she said she respects military service.
MoveOn.org is a liberal, national group that supports many of the stances that John Edwards has taken in his campaign, including criticism of the Iraq war. The group ran a full-page ad in the New York Times this week, taking a shot at Petraeus, who is the top military leader in Iraq. The ad ran on the day the general was to testify to Congress about progress he sees in Iraq. Its headline sparked angry protest from Republicans, who said it smeared an honorable man.
Elizabeth Edwards said the group could have made its point by simply using Petraeus’ own previous words about purported good news in Iraq without insulting him personally.
She said she generally supports grass-roots organizations like MoveOn.org for giving average people a voice. “But I’m probably not going to agree with everything that any one group says.”
Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin [on September 13] criticized a left-leaning advocacy group for an advertisement it ran criticizing U.S. Gen. David Petraeus before he testified before Congress this week.
"It was a bad choice of words," the Democrat said in a telephone interview. "I would have said, 'Petraeus, mistaken again.' But 'Betray Us?' That's going too far."
Harkin was referring to MoveOn.org's full-page advertisement in Monday's New York Times, which featured a photograph of the U.S. commander in Iraq above the words, "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?"
But Harkin stopped short of advising the Democratic candidates for president, many of whom are his Senate colleagues, to take his tone in condemning the liberal group's ads.
"I didn't like it. Certainly, General Petraeus is a patriot and a good American," Harkin said. "I just think he's wrong."
And good for Mrs. Edwards. Obviously she's got more "stones" than her husband, The Sissy.
I agree with you. The Dems and Libs, both politicians and voters, had already made up their minds that whatever General Petraeus said, they were not going to believe it or listen to it.
How can anyone intelligently debate with someone that has that mindset? You can't, they've already made up their minds. These are the politicians and peole who are just brimming with Bush Derangement Syndrome.
I think you've spent enough time here reading what I write to know that I do not automatically support whatever the Repub party says. There's plenty of issues where I disagree with the Repub platform and the party. But I don't turn a deaf ear to the Democrats. I listen to what they have to say before I declare it bullshit - okay - that's a joke.
When was the last time any Dem politician or candidate said they agreed with Bush? Well, Joe Lieberman comes to mind. His voting record is incredibly liberal, more liberal than Harry Reid. But Reid gets a pass because he's against the war and Lieberman was for it. For this one issue, the Lunatic Left Wing did all they could to unseat Lieberman.
The Far Left MoveOn crowd's thinking and tactics is beyond redemption.
Sorry to write so much. Thanks for visiting and commenting. btw - the stuff you build looks awesome and time-consuming; wow, you have the patience of Job.
I agree with the Far Right and Far Left both being at their parties' extremes - and I would not care to live under either one's policies if they had their way.
The Gishter is a fine guy, I agree. He and I have had our differences on some political issues and exchanged lengthy comments, but it never ever ever gets insulting or nasty. I can argue my point with facts and so can he.
It's the name calling and smear-merchanting that, when used by the Left -- well, it doesn't get under my skin - I just fight that kind of shit using their same tactics. Some may call that "stepping down" to their level and there may be some truth to that. I prefer to think of it as fighting fire with fire.
Pop in a comment when you run the Critical Mass post. Stay well, keep in touch.
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