Saturday, September 22, 2007
Is Karl Rove Running MoveOn?
Consider this, AP:
The Senate voted Thursday to condemn an advertisement by the liberal anti-war group MoveOn.org that accused the top military commander in Iraq of betrayal.
The 72-25 vote condemned the full-page ad that appeared in The New York Times last week as Gen. David Petraeus, the top military commander in Iraq, testified on Capitol Hill. The ad was headlined: "General Petraeus or General Betray Us? Cooking the books for the White House."
The ad became a life raft for the Republican party as the war debate kicked into high gear. With several Republicans opposed to President Bush's war strategy, GOP members were able to put aside their differences and rally around their disapproval of the ad.
Sen. Gordon Smith, one of the few Republican senators who supports legislation ordering troop withdrawals, told reporters Thursday he thought Petraeus' testimony and the MoveOn.org ad were the two biggest factors in keeping Republicans from breaking ranks with the president: Petraeus' testimony because it was persuasive and the MoveOn add because it went too far by attacking a popular uniformed officer.
"It was stupid on their part and disgraceful," said Smith, R-Ore.
Twenty-five Democrats tacitly or explicitly voted their approval of MoveOn's "General BetryaUs" advertisement because they fear being attacked and condemned by MoveOn.
Instead of mobilizing Democrats, MoveOn is mobilizing and stabilizing Republicans while drawing attention to the unruly, disjointed, disorganized and fragmented Democrat Ship of Fools sailing a chaotic course whose destination is the Island of Defeat.
Hillary Clinton and Chris Dodd voted not to condemn the BetrayUs ad. It was a non-binding resolution, the kind of non-binding resolution that, in the past, were ones in which the Dems were so enamored. But not this time? How interesting. Clinton and Dodd voted the way they did - along with 23 other Democrats - because they are afraid of being attacked by MoveOn. This comes as no surprise since these Democrat White House hopefuls are afraid to appear on FOX News while talking out of the other side of their mouth claiming that "we need to talk to our enemies."
Another attempt by the Democrats failed Friday, 13 votes shy on their latest version of Cutting and Running:
"Well, we didn't make it today, but we are going to keep trying," [Michigan Democrat Carl] Levin said Friday during a news conference.
The more vicious the attacks, the more anger displayed by MoveOn, the more cohesive and unified the Republicans become. Don't think that the Betrayus advertisement is the zenith display of MoveOns' rage. We have a full 13 months ahead of us of more wrath and dander to come from MoveOn and similar organizations.
Keep up the good work, MoveOn; the work that polarizes your own party and your own politicians.Those of us who are Republicans, Independents, Independent-Conservatives, Libertarians and Moderate Democrats owe MoveOn a debt of gratitude. MoveOn is doing the work of which Karl Rove need not concern himself.
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