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April 25, 2007

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What we have here is a blatant double standard.

When Democrats say, as John Kerry did in 2004, "I believe the invasion of Iraq has made us less secure and weaker in the war against terrorism. I have a plan to fight a smarter, more effective war on terror - and make us safer," that is regarded as legitimate criticism. However, when the Administration or Republican candidates say, in effect, the Democrats' program would make us less secure and weaker in the war against terrorism, the Democrats all run behind Harry Reid's skirt and cry that their patriotism has been questioned.

Boo fucking hoo.

It's a myth that the White House questioned the Dems patriotism, as Brendan's "examples" are less than convincing. The Dems need to engage in a debate about effective policy, not whine that their patritism is questioned every time they are harshly criticized.

However, look at the reverse (via Rich Lowry):

1. Teresa Heinz Kerry: "creeping, un-Pennsylvanian and sometimes un-American traits"

2. Wes Clark: "I don't think it's patriotic to put on a flight suit and prance around on the deck of an aircraft carrier looking for a photo op," he railed. "We have a president of the United States who did not do his duty to take care of America. If you're patriotic, you do your duty."

"Kind of crazy. Not patriotic. Not smart. I don't think it was a patriotic war. I think it was a mistake, a strategic mistake, and I think that the president of the United States wasn't patriotic in going after Saddam Hussein."

"He simply misled America and cost us casualties and killed and injured America's reputation around the world without valid reason for doing so. It's not patriotic; it's wrong."

3. Sen. Bob Graham has said that Bush's Iraq policy was "anti-patriotic at the core."

4.Howard Dean said that Attorney General John Ashcroft "is not a patriot."

5. John Kerry himself has said that it was "unpatriotic" for Bush's "friends" in the corporate world to outsource jobs overseas. For good measure, Kerry has called those corporate leaders "Benedict Arnold CEOs."

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