Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Republican Nightmare

Iraq veterans are starting to run for political office, often as Democrats running against sitting Republicans.

In Ohio a House member in a safe Republican seat barely won a special election a few months ago. Support for the war has fallen substantially since then.

This is the type of pressure will get us out of Iraq fast. When House Representatives start losing their otherwise safe seats we will start to see action.

It would also be helpful if some veterans ran against pro-war Democrats. Any Iraq veterans in Nancy Pelosi's district interested?

Democrats should understand that these guys are not going to be party liners, but rather mavericks that vote their own conscience on most issues.

I think that is just what congress needs at this time.

WASHINGTON - Lawyer Patrick Murphy and five other veterans of the
Iraq war are asking questions about President Bush's policies in Iraq as part of their broader Democratic campaigns to win congressional seats in next year's elections.

Given their experience in Iraq, the six Democrats in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia say they are eminently qualified to pose the tough questions. Their reservations mirror public opinion, with an increasing number of Americans expressing concern about the mission and favoring a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops.

The most recent Associated Press-Ipsos poll showed only 37 percent of Americans approve of Bush's handling of Iraq, with 62 percent disapproving.

This summer, Democrat Paul Hackett, an Iraq war veteran, nearly defeated Republican Jean Schmidt in a special election in an Ohio district considered a GOP stronghold. Hackett focused on his wartime experience and his opposition to Bush's policies. On Monday, with support from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and other party leaders, Hackett decided to seek a higher office, the Senate seat now held by two-term Republican Mike DeWine, said spokesman David Woodruff.

"Some guys don't think it's time to question our government, but the fact is I love my country," said Murphy, 31, who fought with the 82nd Airborne Division. "We need to have an exit strategy now."


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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best scenario is to throw out ALL INCUMBENTS, regardless of party. They are all worthless.
Hey, Brian...learn the difference between their and there, will you please?

10/05/2005 04:18:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

I am working on it.

10/05/2005 09:09:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

As for your comment, you should set your sites to a more realistic goal, like knocking just out one or two incumbents.

The bad news is that the districts are very safe, so it will be difficult to take an incumbent out.

The good news is that if you can take out even one, the rest will panic and demand that we get out of Iraq so that they can be sure to keep their (got it right this time) cushy jobs.

10/05/2005 09:23:00 PM  
Anonymous David said...

"if you can take out even one, the rest will panic ..."

This is true. And the principle also applies to fighting the Israeli lobby. As strong as AIPAC is, much of its success comes from politicians just following the path of least resistance. As long as they feel no pressure coming from the other side, they cave in whenever Israel makes a demand.

Write them; let them know they're being watched; make them feel there's a price to be paid! Once the resistance gains some momentum, there'll be no stopping it.

10/06/2005 07:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The word is "sights."
Nothing wrong with a goal of removal of all.
Government has demonstrated in too many cases, at all levels... that it is incompetent...
I like my local highway commissioner. I may keep him.
The rest will never be missed.

10/07/2005 06:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Massa v. Kuhl fight in NY's 29th should be interesting as well. Massa isn't an Iraq vet but he is ex-military and ex-Republican.

http://www.massaforcongress.com/

10/07/2005 09:40:00 AM  

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