From The Hill via Sweetness & Light:ConservOpunk note: Didn't Reagan fire Webb after only 10 months as Secretary of the Navy? Just checking. First the disgraceful Wesley Clark and now Jim Webb... jeez Louise. I want to see that famous McCain temper flair up a bit on this one...
This was the first campaign ad Mr. Webb ran in his campaign for Senate two short years ago:
This ad introduces Virginians to Jim’s exceptional record of service to our country, a record of service our opponent, George Allen, simply cannot match. What we’ve learned over and over again in this campaign is that when voters learn about Jim Webb, they’re ready to support Jim. They realize Jim is the "soldier, scholar, leader" we need to get our country back on track. And Jim is a leader Virginians can be proud of.
But that was then and this is now.
From The Hill:
Webb: McCain Should ‘Calm Down’ on Using Military Service
by Walter Alarkon
July 1, 2008
Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) waded into the debate over John McCain’s military service Monday to say that the Republican should avoid using military service in politics.
Webb, a Barack Obama supporter, was on MSNBC’s "Countdown" to talk about his G.I. Bill to increase education benefits for returning veterans which is now law. Webb criticized both McCain and President Bush for not supporting the bill. Then, unprompted, Webb weighed in on the debate over retired Gen. Wesley Clark’s remark that "riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down" isn’t "a qualification to be president."
"I think what we really need to work on over the next four, five months, and it goes back to the speech that Sen. Obama gave [Tuesday] and this little fight that I’ve been watching and that is, we need to make sure that we take politics out of service," Webb said. "People don’t serve their country for political issues."
He continued: "And John McCain’s my long-time friend, if that is one area that I would ask him to calm down on, it’s that, don’t be standing up and uttering your political views and implying that all the people in the military support them because they don’t, any more than when the Democrats have political issues during the Vietnam War. Let’s get the politics out of the military, take care of our military people, or have our political arguments in other areas."
We are no McCain fans, but:
John McCain’s my long-time friend, if that is one area that I would ask him to calm down on, it’s that, don’t be standing up and uttering your political views and implying that all the people in the military support them because they don’t…
When has he ever done this?
No, what Mr. Webb is saying is "shut up about your military service." It’s not important.
But what else did Mr. Webb ever run on, besides his vaunted military service — and ‘Macaca’?
From Newt Gingrich (I heard it on Mark Levin):
Congressman Delahunt Should Apologize or Face Expulsion from Congress
By far and away the most sour note struck this Independence Day holiday was the outrageously irresponsible and un-American comments made by Congressman William Delahunt (D-Mass.) to vice presidential chief of staff David Addington in a hearing last week.
Rep. Delahunt repeatedly asked Mr. Addington about the use of waterboarding when interrogating enemy combatants. Mr. Addington replied that he could not discuss interrogation techniques because, as he said, "al Qaeda may watch C-SPAN."
"Right," Delahunt responded. "Well, I'm sure they are watching, and I'm glad they finally have the chance to see you, Mr. Addington." View this disgraceful exchange for yourself here.
For his unconscionable expression of pleasure at the prospect of murderous al Qaeda being able to identify an American public servant, Rep. Delahunt, in the very least, owes Mr. Addington an apology. If he refuses to apologize, his colleagues in Congress should move to expel him. There is no place in Congress for a pro-al Qaeda, anti-American public official.
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