(It is great to see her targeted, maybe we’ll have an excuse to visit Palm Springs (and better yet, Joshua Tree). – promoted by blogswarm)
Hat tip to dday for this treat for CA-45th Democrats from Robert Salladay at Political Muscle:
Retired generals and veterans from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars are targeting California Rep. Mary Bono (R-Palm Springs) as part of a $500,000 media campaign to peel off support for President George W. Bush and the Iraq war.
Ah, VoteVets.org. I hadn’t noticed that Bono is the only California target – sweet. So will this convince Mary Bono to unplug herself from the loyal Bushie borg and really support the troops? Somehow I doubt it. She didn’t learn much from the last ad
Crossposted to Daily Kos
Just last month, Americans United for Change popped Mary upside the head with their ad, and she immediately issued a fundraising letter, asking for help to fight the liberals’ “nasty early attacks,” and calling the ad a “clear sign that the liberals will do anything, say anything and spend anything to increase their majority next year.” WATB alert – yes, epiphany – no.
Our local GOP-friendly paper, The Desert Sun puts it this way:
She was the target of another ad last month that Americans United for Change sponsored. The group, which is working with VoteVets.org, questioned Bono’s support for the war before a recent vote on Iraq War funding.
She voted against the Democrat-sponsored legislation, which would have required Bush to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq by October. Bush vetoed the legislation.
Mary Bono and Barbara Boxer had side by side OpEds in The Desert Sun on April 8th (diary here) Here’s a sample of her principled rationale for opposing that Iraq funding bill:
The purely political approach to this issue does a disservice to our armed forces serving in harm’s way and to the American people who are tired of politics as usual.
But, it is not just the excessive pork that is contained in this bill that concerns me. It is the message we send to our troops and to our enemies abroad.
While there are many serious issues upon which Americans differ, our brave men and women who protect our national security always have received strong support from the vast majority of our citizens.
Congress has a responsibility to demonstrate the same support for our troops by passing an emergency supplemental funding bill that gives our forces the funds they critically need without the pork.
Our future national security is too important to allow this type of political gamesmanship to continue.
Well, the latest bill stripped other issues, so what will be her excuse this time? Norquist will provide, and the GOP fans here will buy whatever they’re hocking as usual.
That’s what makes this VoteVets ad so very interesting, though. Because if the default-Republican voters in the 45th are ever going to give our side a hearing, it will likely start with nonpartisan emissaries like (Ret.) Major General Batiste. I thank him for his honorable service, and for the courage to tell an unsavory truth to those who don’t want to hear it.
Let’s hope it sinks in somewhere. Clearly, reality still eludes Mary Bono, and will until the GOP leadership gives her the OK to change her tune. Twas ever thus.