Saturday, November 19, 2005

Murtha's Bailout Bails Out

Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha, a decorated war hero and former pro-war vote, has kicked off an interesting chain of events when he recently presented a resolution that would force the president to withdraw the nearly 160,000 U.S. troops in Iraq "at the earliest predictable date". From there, things progressed quickly:

  • Liberals began rejoicing about Murtha's strong stand against the war. Here are some examples of leading left wing blogs My DD and Daily Kos trumpeting this great new development against the war.
  • Republicans decided that the Democrats needed to put up or shut up on this matter, so they decided to bring the resolution to a vote. Murtha resolution so great? Then vote for it, hypocrites!
  • The media almost universally painted this as a vicious scheme by Republicans to gain political advantage. This was one of those times that media bias just shines right through. Powerline, my personal favorite blog, has a predictably elucidating piece on the illogic and media bias of the situation. News articles were titled with such zingers as "US House sets vote on Iraq troops, in tactic" from Reuters, "A Hawk Rattles GOP's Cage" from CNN and even the nonsensical "House GOP Seeks Quick Veto of Iraq Pullout" from the AP and carried just about everywhere.
  • Leftists figured out the politics of this real quick and joined the media in calling it some kind of Republican smear. Daily Kos has about 900 posts on how bad it was for the Republicans to bring Murtha's call for withdrawal to a vote.
  • Pelosi and other Dem leaders scrambled to figure out what to do - vote for Murtha's resolution which they so loved? Vote against it? Abstain? Unable to counsel abstinence, the Dems folded up their supposed anti war stance and voted against it. Then they went on and on about how evil it was to have this kind of vote.
  • The media continues to toe the Democrat party line, one small example here at predictable lefty rag The Boston Globe

Nice quote from the Globe article:
"Our troops have become the enemy. We need to change direction in Iraq," said Representative John Murtha of Pennsylvania, a Democratic hawk

I agree, it was decidedly dastardly of the Republicans to force the Democrats to show their rank hyporcisy once again.


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