Blackburn vs. Shulter
Marsha Blackburn defends Rush Limbaugh calling Senator Chuck Hagel "Senator Betrayus." Blackburn said the difference is Limburgh didn't buy a New York Times ad. Blackburn was outrage over Moveon.org, but didn't know that the name of the last soldier from her district to have died in Iraq.
Shulter named a soldier, Jeremy Bohannon, who did not die in Blackburn's district.
DAVID SHUSTER: On Monday evening while guest-hosting the 6 p.m. evening hour, I conducted an interview with Tennessee Republican Marsha Blackburn. The congresswoman spoke at length about a newspaper ad that criticized General Petraeus. In what I believed was an effort to examine Representative Blackburn's priorities, I then asked her to name the last soldier from her congressional district killed in Iraq.
She responded "the name of the last soldier killed in Iraq from my district, I do not know." After that response, I identified who I believed to be that fallen soldier, a Tennessean killed in Iraq last month. But according to Pentagon documents, that young man came from a town inside a neighboring congressional district, not from Representative Blackburn's, and for that, I apologize for that mistake.
That's a bad error on Shulter's part. Conservative bloggers are eating it up. Nevermind, that Blackburn was more obsessed with Moveon.org than remembering the fallen.
I hated the Moveon.org ad. They deserve the grief they are getting.
Republicans want to turn attention away from how badly the war is going. General Petraeus's did little to change public opinion. Republicans use patriotism, gun, gays and abortion as wedge issues. When people are discontent with the administration, there is only so much traction the GOP can get from the Moveon.org ad. There always is the option of governing like adults...