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Brian Baird Gets an Earful

Brian Baird may have thought the big dog & pony show he was treated to in Iraq was impressive, but I’m guessing he was somewhat moved by this as well:

Recently returned from Iraq, U.S. Rep. Brian Baird got an earful Monday night from angry war foes who jammed a town hall meeting.

The Washington Democrat, who voted against the Iraq war resolution in 2002, now opposes a timeline for withdrawal of U.S. troops from that country.

Anti-war constituents repeatedly questioned Baird’s reasons for supporting the Bush administration’s decision to continued the “surge” of 20,000 additional troops at least until next spring.

“There is only one way to end an illegal and immoral war, and that’s to end it,” said Zamme Joi, an anti-war activist from Vancouver. Joi was among several activists who noted that they helped elect Baird to office in 1998 and continued to re-elect him in a congressional district that twice voted for President Bush. They called his position to support the war now a betrayal.

In May, Baird supported a bill that would have required troop levels to start falling by Oct. 1. But his perspective changed after a visit to Iraq in early August.

He now opposes a withdrawal timeline – and said he thinks that most of the country agrees with him.

“I have to believe that there is a quiet majority of people out there who think the war has been a terrible mistake, but they sure don’t want to see us lose,” he told The Columbian editorial board earlier Monday.

In fact the most recent Zogby poll, 54% of Americans U.S. should set a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. That would be a majority. Is this the kind of great “information” Baird got on his elaborately choreographed trip to Iraq?

It’s becoming apparent that these people are being bombarded with such bad information, so many “experts” whose only expertise seems to be at abject failure, that they can’t see the patently obvious any more. Watch the YouTube above. Baird’s constituents are sputtering with rage as he sits there and rubs snake oil all over his head and says “see, really, it makes the hair grow, just like the guy said. You just watch.”

Being the Michael O’Hanlon of the House may make him the darling of CNN and MSNBC, but the voters in his district who elected him as an anti-war candidate seem somewhat less than thrilled.

More from: The Stranger, Northwest Progressive Institute

(h/t swag & scarce)

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