Friday, November 18, 2005

It's not the fringe anymore

U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Penn., called on the Bush administration on Thursday to withdraw American troops from Iraq as soon as practicable. Below is a sample of the Republican response.

U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, referring on the House floor today to Murtha, a 37-year Marine who won two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star and was the first Vietnam veteran in Congress:
"[C]owards cut and run, Marines never do." (Schmidt was just relaying a message from another Marine, she was quick to say.)

White House press secretary Scott McClellan: "[T]he eve of an historic democratic election in Iraq is not the time to surrender to the terrorists."

House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.: "They want us to wave the white flag of surrender to the terrorists of the world."

One has to wonder how the majority of Americans who support a withdrawal from Iraq at some point in the next year, according to a recent Gallup poll, feel about accusations that they want the terrorists to win.


Blogger PoliSciZac said...

Several Reps almost came to blows after the Schmidt statement. That really is a new low.

5:28 AM  
Blogger RightDemocrat said...

John Murtha is a solid mainstream kind of Democrat in the Scoop Jackson mold. Newspaper reports suggest that his district in Western Pennsylvania is solidly socially conservative but populist on economic issues. Calls to Murtha's office are reportedly running 2 to 1 in favor of phasing out U.S. involvement. It all goes to show that what is mainstream opinion can change at times.

9:56 PM  

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