Thought that post title was stupid? You don't know the half of it.
I'm getting very tired of the Denunciation Game. You know, where one political party calls on the members of the other political party to condemn some misdeed of a third party in an attempt to create a link between the two where none exists. It's cheap politics and only tends to reel in the most obscenely stupid voter.
Just this past week we saw Norm Coleman's campaign attempt to smear in this Al Franken in one of the most deeply embarrassing stumbles we've seen this very very very so very young campaign season, by attempting to link him with MoveOn. Yet the putative Democratorian candidate for the Senate has nothing to do with -
One moment please. Memory being jogged...
Liberal powerhouse MoveOn has a message for the "professional election losers" who run the Democratic Party: "We bought it, we own it, we're going to take it back."
In a scathing e-mail from the head of MoveOn's political action committee to the group's supporters on Thursday targets outgoing Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe as a tool of corporate donors who alienated both traditional and progressive Democrats.
"For years, the party has been led by elite Washington insiders who are closer to corporate lobbyists than they are to the Democratic base," said the e-mail from MoveOn PAC's Eli Pariser. "But we can't afford four more years of leadership by a consulting class of professional election losers."
Under McAuliffe's leadership, the message said, the party coddled the same corporate donors that fund Republicans to bring in money at the expense of vision and integrity.
"In the last year, grass-roots contributors like us gave more than $300 million to the Kerry campaign and the DNC, and proved that the party doesn't need corporate cash to be competitive," the message continued. "Now it's our party: we bought it, we own it, and we're going to take it back."
OK, so I guess you can link everything disgusting thing MoveOn does to Democratics on a respondeat superior theory. But I still think Coleman's ad play was incredibly dumb. And I'm not alone.
What was my point again? Oh yeah - left wingers are semiliterate jackasses.
In case you're one of the lucky few who have been able to avoid the left-wing-doofusphere, here's today's outrage on the left, brought to you by that totally intellectually honest non-astroturf outfit, Media Matters:
During the September 26 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh called service members who advocate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq "phony soldiers." He made the comment while discussing with a caller a conversation he had with a previous caller, "Mike from Chicago," who said he "used to be military," and "believe[s] that we should pull out of Iraq." Limbaugh told the second caller, whom he identified as "Mike, this one from Olympia, Washington," that "[t]here's a lot" that people who favor U.S. withdrawal "don't understand" and that when asked why the United States should pull out, their only answer is, " 'Well, we just gotta bring the troops home.' ... 'Save the -- keeps the troops safe' or whatever," adding, "[I]t's not possible, intellectually, to follow these people." "Mike" from Olympia replied, "No, it's not, and what's really funny is, they never talk to real soldiers. They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media." Limbaugh interjected, "The phony soldiers." The caller, who had earlier said, "I am a serving American military, in the Army," agreed, replying, "The phony soldiers."
Yeah, you know you're getting a fair portrayal of what someone said when, in the quote, ellipses nearly outnumber words.
Of course it's already been debunked (by - of all things - adding the context). So I'm just going to tear into the left-wing blog reaction, which was, of course, to call on everyone disgusted by the MoveOn "Betray-us" ad to condemn Limbaugh for calling anti-war vets "phony soldiers".
Forgive us if we don't jerk our knees to jump at the easiest short-cut to thinking that y'all are accustomed to. However, if you note the transcript (available on the above linked MM "story" - makes you wonder if they even bother to read their own drivel), you will note that Limbaugh wasn't the only one to use the term "phony soldier":
CALLER 2: I have a retort to Mike in Chicago, because I am a serving American military, in the Army. I've been serving for 14 years, very proudly.
CALLER 2: No, it's not, and what's really funny is, they never talk to real soldiers. They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media.
LIMBAUGH: The phony soldiers.
CALLER 2: The phony soldiers. If you talk to a real soldier, they are proud to serve. They want to be over in Iraq. They understand their sacrifice, and they're willing to sacrifice for their country.
That's right: a soldier currently serving not only used that term, but instigated its use by Limbaugh. [CAUTION LEFTIES - CONTEXT FOLLOWS - READ AT YOUR OWN RISK]: Both were castigating an earlier caller who 1) claimed he was a "Republican" and then went on to 2) poop out Democratorian talking points. When Limbaugh didn't buy that the caller was who he said he was, the caller went on to throw out the (utterly predictable) "fact" that he was a former soldier. Given that Limbaugh has a long and storied history with "seminar callers" it's hard not to see why he - or his active-duty listener (Caller 2)would be loathe to believe him.
So now that we have all these lefty bloggers calling for outrage based on a nonstory, I thought I'd return the favor. These halfwits, in sliming Limbaugh also slimed an active duty soldier who shared his sentiment. Therefore, KAR calls on The Democratorian Party to condemn (oh let's pick one, ummm - oh, how about Eric Black; he seems to be in a particular hurry to slough off what little cred he has left) Eric Black for failing to condemn Media Matters for condemning an active duty soldier by implication, who was in turn merely condemning, er, phony soldiers like Jesse MacBeth and seminar callers who want to be like him.
Oh, and by the way Eric: that's the answer to your question "What's the Definition of a 'Phony Soldier'?".