Monday, July 17, 2006


Or something like that...

So, the DNC is using the image of a flag draped casket (soldier) in one of its web ads.

The Republicans are all in a tizzy about it. I don't endorse that type of ad.


Why is it wrong to use the image of soldiers who died in war when;

a) Republicans constantly use images of 9/11 in their campaign ads. Bush himself even used a picture of a flag draped coffin coming out of ground zero in the last election. DeWine, running for re-election in Ohio is using footage of smoke billowing out of the World Trade Towers. Karl Rove can't go more than 3 sentences without saying "9/11." I was not aware that the 3000 Americans who died on 9/11 did so for Republican partisanship.

b) Republicans politicized the war in Iraq a long time ago. If they are going to use the images of soldiers in the field for their own political ads, than the opposition gets to use the results of sending our soldiers overseas to fight. If "cut and run" is going to be the GOP counterpoint to opposition to leaving Iraq, than the consequences of our men and women staying there are on the table.

I would never use these images for partisan reasons, but the Republicans stepped over that line a long time ago when they used the images of 9/11 for their own political gain. Either the deaths of Americans is off limits or it is not, and the GOP made that decision long ago. What is good for the goose, is good for the gander.

National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Tom Reynolds (R-NY): "It makes my stomach turn to see national Democrats so blatantly exploit the sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces." (Jonathan E. Kaplan, "Reynolds Calls On Dems To Apologize For Web Ad," The Hill, 7/13/06)

So, why wasn't your stomach turning when 9/11 was used over and over again? Ah, becasue it was the GOP who was using it... that makes it ok.

Rep. Davis: "First of all I'm not surprised at all that Rahm Emanuel would do this. I believe that he, Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer owe an apology to military families who paid that ultimate sacrifice by doing this." (Fox News' "Fox And Friends," 7/13/06)

How about an appology to all the 9/11 families. I am guessing a good chunk of them... Sorry, I know the vast majority of them didn't vote Republican.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX): "The families of the fallen heroes of the War on Terror deserve our utmost respect and compassion. They do not deserve to see the deaths of loved ones exploited by Rep. Emanuel and the DCCC." (Robert B. Bluey, "GOP Seeks To Capitalize On Democrats' Coffin Ad," Human Events, 7/12/06)

I reiterate my above statement.

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