Political Delusions

Someone needs to tell Trent Lott to shut up.  With our boys getting blown to bits in Iraq every day, the last thing we need is one more moron fanning the flames:

“Why do they hate each other? Why do Sunnis kill Shiites? How do they tell the difference? They all look the same to me.”

Unbelievable.  I just had a flashback to before I was even born.  But this poor choice of wording could possibly be overlooked if it didn’t come from someone with a history of poor wording.  How are we supposed to leave the decision-making in the hands of people who don’t think this war is even important:

President Bush barely mentioned the war in Iraq when he met with Republican senators behind closed doors in the Capitol Thursday morning and was not asked about the course of the war, Sen. Trent Lott, R-Mississippi, said.

“No, none of that,” Lott told reporters after the session when asked if the Iraq war was discussed. “You’re the only ones who obsess on that. We don’t and the real people out in the real world don’t for the most part.”

That little gem deserves an explanation, Trent, ol’ boy.  You damned well should be obsessing over the Iraq war, and not just because your party is polling poorly on it.  Our young men and women are over there fighting an enemy they can’t discern because there is no one set group fighting us anymore.  Recent polling indicates that Iraqis think it’s okay to attack American troops.  WHY aren’t you “obsessing” over it?  What the hell is more important, I ask you?  This?

Lott is irritated by the Democratic Policy Committee’s (DPC) use of a committee hearing room to hear testimony from retired high-ranking military officers who criticized the administration’s prosecution of the Iraq war. Lott, who did not attend Monday’s hearing, expressed concern that the Democratic-sponsored event resembled a regular committee hearing and was used to try to gain partisan political advantage in advance of the election. . .

Lott said Monday’s DPC event could set “a very bad precedent for the institution” if it “leads to them having Democratic hearings and us having Republican hearings.”

Nice straw man argument.  ALL of the congressional Republicans were invited. 

The DPC forum, the first in a planned series of Iraq oversight panels, actually included a Republican, Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.). DPC Chairman Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) sent a letter last week to Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Republican Policy Committee (RPC) Chairman Jon Kyl (Ariz.) inviting all GOP senators to the DPC hearing.

They also issued a verbal invitation to Republican House members to join them.

WHY are you badgering Democrats who try to have hearings in an attempt for at least some accountability?  Why are you obsessing over the technicalities of procedure instead of substantive attempts at fiscal and moral responsibility?  I thought that’s what “conservative” stood for. 

Luckily, not all Republicans are of the same stock as Lott.  Here in Vermont, for example, Martha Rainville, former Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard, while running for Congress as a Republican, is more in tune with the importance of this war to our citizenry.  In fact, a current and evocative TV ad for Rainville emphasizes her independent-mindedness, even playing up the fact that she called for Rumsfeld’s resignation.  You don’t even hear the word conservative in the ad–or any of her ads, that I can recall–and the only time the word republican is used is at the end: “The National Republican Congressional Committee is responsible for the contents of this ad.”  Ads that Martha herself is responsible for (on her website) state that she won’t be bullied “by either party” and that she’s “an independent thinker.”  Actually, she’s a true conservative, pushing for fiscal responsibility, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of.  At least, it wasn’t until people like Lott stained the meaning of the word conservative.


3 thoughts on “Political Delusions

  1. Dude, this is Trent Lott. His racism cost him the Senate Republican Leader back in 2002. Why would you expect anything else from this misguided hairdo? I don’t even take his criticism of Rumsfeld seriously, as it reads more as a sullen slap back at the administration he feels deserted him and he didn’t even bother doing that until they started closing military bases in his state. Chalk up another one in the “Thoroughly Useless Politician” column.

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