Tim Russert had an "exclusive" with Murtha. Exclusive? Murtha is everywhere! But I guess he was only on NBC for 20 minutes yesterday, so I guess they could call it an exclusive. Let's listen to some of what John Murtha said. First off, on Friday. You gotta hear this one if you didn't hear this, on Friday The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. Wolf says, "Now, you led the fight, congressman, against this resolution. It passed 256 to 153. That was the resolution to set a timetable to get out of Iraq. Is this a vote of confidence for the president's policy and strategy in Iraq by the House of Representatives?"
MURTHA: The thing that disturbed me and worries me about this whole thing, we can't get him to change direction. And I said over and over in debate if you listen to any of it, in Beirut, President Reagan changed direction. In Somalia, President Clinton changed direction, and yet here, with the troops out there every day suffering from these explosive devices and, and the, and look back as occupiers, 80% of the people want us out of there, and, and yet they, they continue to say we're fighting this thing. We're not fighting this. The troops are fighting this thing. That's who's doing the fighting.
RUSH: He's starting to ramble now, but this is a classic illustration and a serious example of why these people are not ready to lead. Somalia. He called that a change of direction, and he praised Clinton for understanding, you know, we can't get bogged down in this place. Okay, they killed some of our Rangers in a battle that we won. We won the battle that became the book and the movie, Blackhawk Down, but because they dragged through the streets of Mogadishu dead Army Rangers, "Oh, no! We couldn't handle that picture."
Osama bin Laden was watching, and it was that instance which told him that we could not take casualties and inspired him to come after us with even greater firepower and strategy.
So now here's Murtha calling this a change of direction, and Ronald Reagan "changed direction" in Beirut, he said. Clinton changes direction in Somalia, and that's what he wants to do in Iraq is change direction. He doesn't understand. I don't know if he understands it or not. This is the thing: his reputation, folks, Murtha's reputation and image is one of a great war hero, great Marine, been around for a long time, and so he's infallible. He's got credibility. You can't criticize Jack Murtha! Why, he was a Marine! Why, he fought for his country! Why, you can't attack him! The left always throws out these people that you "can't attack," they say. "Why, have you no shame going after Jack Murtha?"
Well, Jack Murtha, I don't care if he's a Marine or if he was a dogcatcher. If Jack Murtha is going to insert himself in a political sense, which he can and he should, he's a member of the House of Representatives, well, then by golly we're going to respond in kind, and he's stupid. This is dangerously stupid. Look it, folks. It's all academic. It really is all academic because every time the Democrats put it to a vote to get out of Iraq, in the Senate they get six, in the House they got 150 some odd, or was it 142? And 40 some odd Democrats voted with the Republicans. I mean, Jack, it's time to shut up about this. You keep losing it.
AMEN RUSH!!! Frankly, I think that Murtha's said so many stupid things that he's crossed a line from which he can't return. I also think that Diana Irey is a formidable opponent who's able to take the fight to Murtha in ways that he isn't prepared to handle.
I think that voters in PA CD-12 will think of it this way: When they see Murtha, they'll see the past; when they see Irey, they'll see the future. If that's how they see it, then this race is over.
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