Skip to comments.GOP Howling Over Democratic Web Ad (shows flag-draped coffins and fake police mug shot of DeLay)
Posted on 07/13/2006 6:16:59 PM PDT by Stoat
WASHINGTON (ap) _ Republicans are howling over a Democratic political Web site ad that displays flag-draped coffins and a fake police mug shot of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, arguing that the ad politicizes war casualties and is an insult to the families of the troops killed in Iraq.
The 75-second ad by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee begins with a somber musical score and images of war, high gas prices, the coffins, pollution, breached levees, followed by pictures of Texas Republican DeLay, disgraced GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
"Washington Republicans have sold Americans out," a banner states. "American families are paying the price."
The National Republican Congressional Committee promptly gathered more than a dozen GOP members of Congress, many of them former service members, to denounce the ad and call on Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the DCCC chairman, to apologize.
"For the Democrats, everything is about politics," said Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y., chairman of the Republican campaign committee. "This crosses the line."
Reynolds noted that Emanuel has on occasion appeared on the House floor to remember fallen soldiers by reading their names into the Congressional Record. "It takes a galling level of smug self-righteousness for Rahm Emanuel to invoke our honored dead one day and put their coffins in an ad the next."
The outrage is reminiscent of Democratic complaints in 2004 when President Bush's campaign launched an ad that included an image of firefighters carrying a flag-draped coffin from the ruins of the World Trade Center.
"It was despicable when the Republicans used the photos of 9/11 for political purposes. Was that despicable?" House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said to reporters Thursday. "I think it is despicable that young peoples' lives are being lost more than 2,500. Republicans are in denial about that. Yet they talk about politicizing war."
But at least one Democrat, Rep. John Spratt, R-S.C., called on Emanuel to take the ad down, specifically objecting to images of coffins and of a helmet draped over the butt of a rifle, the sign of a fallen soldier. "I strongly recommend that you pull this ad and delete both of these clips before running it again," Spratt wrote in a letter to Emanuel.
Spratt is the second ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee and faces his most difficult re-election in 10 years.
The Democratic ad is not all doom and gloom. After about 30 seconds, the music makes an abrupt upbeat shift and the images change. A helicopter pilot offers a thumbs up. Windmills stretch out across the landscape. Relief workers put up new walls. Smiling Democratic leaders replace the scowling Republicans. "But America is strong enough to change," the ad states.
It ends with a still shot of Bill Clinton beaming with his arms outstretched, a curious counterpoint to the ad's title: "America needs a new direction."
The Left has been getting away with most everything including treason, thanks in large measure to an adoring and complicit MSM.
But as I mentioned earlier, I believe that this will be child's play compared to the breathtakingly gutter-level viciousness that the Left will be spewing in the months and years ahead. You will know when they've hit their stride when they manufacture a "secret surveillance video" of RNC lookalikes accepting bribes, cavorting with homosexual prostitutes and smoking crack.
The only way these people are going to get that they work for us, and represent us, is if we make them realize it, by voting accordingly. Otherwise, we "get the government we deserve".
America GOT a new direction - when this trailer park trash, lip biting impeached rapist got his walking papers (mandatory as they were) on January 20, 2001.
A bizarre typo.