Sunday, November 20, 2005

Smarter Republicans please

Last week, Jean Schmidt,a crazy old Congressperson from Ohio, stood on the floor of the United States House of Representatives and insulted John Murtha, a much decorated 37-year veteran of the United States Marine Corp:

He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message, that cowards cut and run, Marines never do. Danny and the rest of America and the world want the assurance from this body -- that we will see this through.

After the House exploded in catcalls and jeers among outraged Democrats, Schmidt retracted her comments and said, "I did not intend to suggest they applied to any member."

Uh huh. Boys and girls at home, we call that a lie.

Later, two Republican spokeslackeys went out in front of the cameras to aver that Mrs. Schmidt had no idea that Murtha was a marine:

The poor lady didn't know Jack Murtha was a Marine - she really just ran into a hornet's nest," said Representative Jack Kingston of Georgia.

Representative David Dreier of California said, "Very clearly, she did not know that Jack Murtha was a Marine."

Uh huh. So riddle me this. If Schmidt didn't know Murtha was a Marine, why did she address her comment to Murtha, and juxtapose the word "coward" with the word "Marine?"