Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Gaffe, anyone?

A bit of a nasty House race going on in Illinois. During a debate, the GOP candidate, Pete Roskam, accused his opponent, Tammy Duckworth, of wanting to "cut and run" in Iraq. Great choice of phrase, dude: Mrs. Duckworth lost both legs in Iraq. My long-distance esprit de l'escalier fired up and cranked out a pile of witty comebacks; hers was to simply state that she couldn't believe he'd say that to her.

I'm not sure why this isn't making headlines. When Trent Lott said something equally tasteful about Strom Thurmond's run for president, the fallout cost him his leadership position in the Senate. I think the difference is that Roskam's attack doesn't specifically offend any interest groups, just common sensibilities and good taste. With nobody to spearhead the charge (especially not the pansies in the Democratic party), it gets brushed aside. Dems, you could really run with this one; grow a spine and don't let it slide!

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