"Today our campaign against Jack Murtha reached another milestone, as we received our one-millionth hit to our web site. All over the country, people are hitting our web site, making contributions, signing up as volunteers, and getting information so they can spread the word further. To date, we've received contributions from each of the 50 states, and we've even received contributions online from American soldiers on the ground in Iraq."It's safe to say that Diana Irey isn't your average challenger and that John Murtha isn't your average vulnerable incumbent. The Irey statement explains why:
"When Jack Murtha says American soldiers 'killed innocent civilians in cold blood' before the first Marine has been charged, before the first court-martial has been convened, before the first soldier has been convicted, that doesn't just affect southwestern Pennsylvania, it affects the entire country.As I pointed out here, I thought Murtha was foolish for proposing "immediate redeployment". Had he stopped there, he wouldn't have killed his re-election chances. As it is, he didn't stop there, accusing a Marine unit of killing Iraqi innocents "in cold blood." That touched a nerve that's touched off a firestorm that will end with Murtha's defeat this November.
"When Jack Murtha says 'we can't win this militarily,' and counsels retreat and surrender in the war on terror, that doesn't just affect southwestern Pennsylvania, it affects the entire country.
"When Jack Murtha says he wants to see an immediate cease-fire in Israel and Lebanon, where the same Hezbollah terrorists who killed American Marines in Beirut now target innocent women and children in Israel, that doesn't just affect southwestern Pennsylvania, it affects the entire country. "And the entire country is going to be happy when we redeploy Jack Murtha right out of the Congress.
One thing that shouldn't be misunderestimated is the visceral reaction to Murtha's accusations of the Haditha Marines. It isn't often that a statement triggers that type of reaction but when it does, you know that it'll have far-reaching election implications. Murtha's Haditha Marine accusation is reverberating all across the nation for several reasons:
People instinctively know that it's unjust to assume a man's guilt before a trial.
People instinctively know that it's unjust to ignore the Constitution.
People instinctively know that it's unjust to say that you "won't excuse murder."
People instinctively know that it's unjust to say that soldiers "murdered innocent civilians in cold blood."
People in the heartland don't tolerate a politician who ignores constitutional mandates. When a career back-bencher politician tries to play judge, jury and executioner, voters know that that politician has gone too far.
That's why Murtha Must Go.
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Cross-posted at LetFreedomRingBlog