By Jed Babbin
Rush Limbaugh performed an enormously important public service by creating a controversy over the left’s phony soldiers. He provided the second data point we needed to identify the new subspecies of Democrat that wants to take the White House in 2008: they are the MoveOn.Democrats.
The first data point was gleaned from the enormous public reaction to the infamous MoveOn.org New York Times ad that labeled Gen. David Petraeus a lair and traitor to his country. The MoveOn ad generated so much backlash even they were taken aback, asking their supporters in an e-mail whether they were on the “same page.” (Hillary is clearly on the same page, telling Petraeus that his report required a willing suspension of disbelief. In properly parsed Lawyer Clinton language, that’s the precise equivalent of calling him a liar.
Republican outrage was expressed in Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-Tx) “sense of the Senate” resolution he offered as an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill in September. Cornyn said, “This amendment was an opportunity for every senator to declare with not only their voices but also with their votes that they fully support our troops and our commanding general in Iraq.” The amendment passed by a vote of 72-25-3.
The 25 were the first to claim the title of MoveOn.Dems. They were so scared of what the MoveOners would do to them -- including cutting off their access to its political funds -- that they stood with MoveOn and against General Petraeus.
To the 25 we add Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il). Obama was present and voting that day (he voted for a Democratic substitute to the Cornyn amendment which made it meaningless by taking out General Petraeus’ name in favor of language dedicated to all soldiers.) When the vote came on the Cornyn amendment a little while later, Obama proved himself a girlie man and didn’t. Thus when the Cornyn amendment was passed, there were 26 suspected MoveOn.Dems. And then came Rush’s comment on the phony soldiers.
These phonies are, of course, a key part of the MoveOn.org strategy to force withdrawal from Iraq. They are the pathetic creatures who want to get on the John Kerry career path by falsifying their own military service and making up false charges of atrocities by US troops. Jesse Macbeth and Scott Thomas Beauchamp may yet find their way to a safe Democratic Senate seat but for now Rush has blown away the smokescreen the MoveOners and their Senate pals have spread around them.
It’s only because Rush revealed the phonies that the MoveOn.Dems are outraged. (And of course there’s nary a peep on wasting the Senate’s time on their little skit. MoveOn.org is delighted.)
Confirmation of the Moveon.Dems identity came yesterday in the form of a letter they signed to Clear Channel CEO Mark Mays to publicly repudiate Rush’s comment on the phony soldiers.
Among the 40 Democratic senators who signed the letter were 21 of the original 26 MoveOn.Dems.
Here’s the official roster of MoveOn.Dems:
From now on, in this column, they will be identified as the MoveOn.Dems, as in Hillary Clinton (MODD-NY).