Skip to comments.MoveOn's 'Lifelong Republican' One Sharp Trooper
Posted on 05/12/2008 7:32:00 PM PDT by Mike Bates
MoveOn.org sponsored a contest for the best 30-second pro-Barack Obama TV commercial. The winner, according to the Associated Press's article, "MoveOn ad features pro-Obama Republican," was an ad starring Air Force veteran John Weiler. The spot includes Mr. Weiler, whose military service is to be commended, saying "I've been a Republican since before I could actually vote." Not only that: "I'm a lifelong Republican and I'm voting for Barack Obama."
I don't know if Mr. Weiler is a lifelong Republican as he claims. I do know that if the Associated Press is accurate in its reporting, he must have been an extraordinary serviceman.
"He served in the Air Force from 1983 to 1989, leaving the service as a master sergeant," according to the AP. Is that not amazing? The Air Force Enlisted Promotions Fact Sheet shows promotion to Master Sergeant (E-7) requires eight years in the service. According to Military.com, "The average service wide active duty time for advancement to the rank of Master Sergeant is 17.06 years."
(Excerpt) Read more at newsbusters.org ...
this election will generate a lot of cross overs—
democrats for mcccccain
and republicans for ‘bama.
Might be time to do some editing of that ad...
“I’m a lifelong Republican and I’m voting for Barack Obama.”
If this is the least little bit true, we are in a world of hurt.
However, I distrust the media in all way, shape and form, so I’m thinkin’ they found the one whole NUT in the can of Planters for this hit-piece. ;)
Oops! You found the nut, LOL! :)
A check of this guy’s voter registration will show that he is a Democrat, just like every other “Republican for Obama.”
I don't think the ad referenced his rank; the AP story did. And now - surprise, surprise - the AP story's been corrected to show his rank as staff sergeant.
Yeah but this guy was a "Lifelong Republican".
These minor league propagandists would make Goebbels chuckle.
Master Sergeant in 5 years? BS.
Staff Sergeant (E5 in the USAF) can be done in 5 years.
It's not what he was but what he is.
An idiot and embarrassment to his fellow service members.
And that would probably take a lot!
“all of the above” are true.
but as soon as mccccccccain speaks at la raza,
lots of voters are goin’ weird.
His total commitment was six years: Four years active duty and two years inactive reserve. Thus, he would have us believe he made E-7 in four years? Impossible. He’d be lucky if he made E-4 in four.
“Hed be lucky if he made E-4 in four.”
I meant, E-5 in four.
“And now - surprise, surprise - the AP story’s been corrected to show his rank as staff sergeant.”
That I can believe. My brother made E-5 (Staff Sergeant) in four years. I only made it to E-4 (plain old “Buck” Sergeant in those days).
Not a USAF story ....a voter who was in the USAF for one tour gone bad story.
You mean everybody doesn’t make master sgt in 7 years in the zoomies? No! Get out!
well i guess since the gop selected Mccain, Obama’s views are not much different to those republicans that really support Mccain. I am not talking about those that just do it because they fear the democrats, I mean the ones that really like mccain.
Man, the AP really is a great journalistic organization. Real fact checkers, they are.
Hey Mike Did you see master sergeant refrenced in the ad? The newsweak article you link to has him as a staff sergeant which is possible.
Please see No. 8. It has been corrected. Thanks.
“I made SGT E-5 in 2-1/2 years in the U.S. Army. I’m not sure how fast promotions come in the Air Force, but I assume it’s similar to the army.”
No, they weren’t so fast when I was in (1970 - 1974). The norm was E-4 in about two years, but E-5 in four was rare, and most E-4s got their fourth stripe (E-5 Staff Sergeant) after they re-upped.
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