lottmcconnell.jpgAs if the GOP dodge and phony show could not get any worse.  From MoveOn.org this morning

This morning the Senate is expected to vote on a resolution condemning MoveOn.org…

This is the same Senate that has done nothing to change President Bush’s policy on Iraq. Yesterday, they couldn’t even pass a bill to give soldiers enough leave with their families before redeploying. But they have plenty of time to crack down on folks who criticize the war. It’s ridiculous, it’s un-American, and it’s wrong….

Why? They’re flailing. Last week’s Bush Administration PR blitz completely failed—the percentage of Americans favoring withdrawal from Iraq actually increased. Meanwhile, vulnerable Republicans are sinking lower and lower in the polls (or announcing their retirement). Bashing our ad is a way to distract the public—and intimidate war critics….

They’re trying to use the full force of the U.S. Senate to shut us all up. To send a message that if you speak unpleasant truths about this war, you’ll pay.This is what we expect from right-wing bullies like Fox, Bill O’Reilly, and Sean Hannity. But the Senate should know better.

Good lord. Yesterday, the majority of the GOP (and their BFF Joe Lieberman [CT-Turncoat]) couldn’t be bothered to stand up for civil liberties, human rights and the Constitution, let alone the decency to support our nation’s soldiers getting an honorable amount of time at home with their families before we ship them off to yet another overseas rotation.  Now they turn around and attack MoveOn.org’s right to free speech.  How utterly unAmerican.

Call your Senators today and let them know that if they vote for this idiotic, showboat, waste of taxpayer money stunt, they will not get one cent from you.  Ever.  And that goes double for any Presidential candidates.  You can call toll free here (H/T to katymine):

1 (800) 828 – 0498
1 (800) 614 – 2803
1 (866) 340 – 9281
1 (866) 338 – 1015
1 (877) 851 – 6437

Every single Senator needs a call today.  You can also find direct dial numbers for each Senator here.  And while you are at it, give the DSCC a jingle and let them know that there had better be pressure placed on the entire Democratic caucus not to slap out at their base, because that is exactly what this hollow, idiotic GOP political stunt is designed to do.  You can reach the DSCC here:  Phone (202) 224-2447  Fax (202) 969-0354.

What in the hell are these people doing debating a print ad in the NYTimes when our soldiers are still being gravely wounded and killed in Iraq?  When they don’t have adequate defensive armor, still?  When military families are dealing with a crisis of money and exhaustion?  When our veterans are not getting even remotely adequate medical and mental health care? 

The GOP ought to be ashamed of themselves.  This sort of manufactured outrage stunt is exactly what I expect from the Republican party — all hot air, no real work product — but there are larger issues at stake than John Cornyn getting camera face time and Mitch McConnell getting even with MoveOn for softening his already eroding political support.

It is well past time that the GOP was called on this idiocy.  Publicly, swiftly and then some.  This is not about “protecting our troops,” if it were the GOP would not have stood up yesterday as a rubber stamping pack and refused to allow our troops adequate time between rotations with their families.  This is a stunt — pure and simple — designed to whip their base and the lagging Wurlitzer back into a foaming at the mouth frenzy.  And they are using our tax dollars to pull it.

Enough is enough. 

UPDATE:  Rick Perlstein and Jon Soltz have more.

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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