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Murtha Decries "Swiftboating" -- Wants To Restore Integrity and Civility

I do not like the use of the word "swiftboating" because it is most often used by liberals and those in the media (I know, that is redundant) to refer to a coordinated vicious smear against a political opponent, rather than a coordinated effort to let the voters know the truth about a candidate, which is my definition. If Bruce Kesler is using the word it is okay though because I know exactly where he stands on the whole Swiftboat thing (and Bruce can do little wrong in my eyes anyway). Bruce writes that John Murtha believes he is being swiftboated. Working from my definition, that is a very good thing.

The MSM may have to reconsider its use of the term after John Murtha's latest use of the term to distract from his trail.

"I thought we were above this type of swift-boating attack," he said... "This is not how we restore integrity and civility to the United States Congress."

John Fund punctures Murtha's pompous posture with facts as surely as John O'Neill did John Kerry's. This time, however, with so many of Murtha's Congressional colleagues being witness to Murtha's self-awarded earmarks, the MSM must pay closer attention and investigate than their purposeful ignoring of Kerry's lies when exposed by his fellow Swiftees.

I can write the campaign ads in my head. First use Nancy Pelosi's statement from the other day about what an ethical congress this will be, then throw in a few other Dem statements about restoring integrity and civility, then show a lineup of Murtha (maybe with a little Abscam footage) and Hastings and Jefferson, and those six or eight Democrat Senators Jack Abramoff is fingering for good measure. Just over a week after the election, the Dems have not even taken office yet, and there is already enough material to choke a horse from their statements of intention alone. When they start actually voting we will be deluged. As scary as these next two years might be, there should be plenty of entertainment value as well, and lots of fodder for blogging and for some pretty hard hitting campaign ads.

Comments (15)

We should keep this Murtha ... (Below threshold)

We should keep this Murtha deal going any way possible. Lets hear some ideas how people like me can help.

My question is "when are li... (Below threshold)

My question is "when are liberals going to stop Swift Boating the Swift Boaters, using their definition."

Why do they denigrate the service of those that did their full tour in Vietnam?

How can you call such a large group of veterans and real heroes liars and traitors?

Quite frankly it was President Bush that had his service record smeared based on lies. Instead of the term "Swift Boating", the real smear slang word should have been "C bs-ing someone's record".

I hate the term "swiftboati... (Below threshold)
LCDR MacKay:

I hate the term "swiftboating" only because to the left and MSM, it means a unsubstantiated smear but to those with a brain, it means charges against Kerry that he cannot or will not disprove by signing his form 180. As for Murtha, being caught on videotape not exactly holding up to ethical standards dosen't sound like a smear to me. Man, the next 2 years are gonna be fun with stuff like this.

...liberals and those in... (Below threshold)

...liberals and those in the media (I know, that is redundant)...

No, it's not really redundant, since not all liberals are in the media. Heh.

"In any compromise between ... (Below threshold)
please pay attention...:

"In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit."-- Ayn Rand

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last." - Sir Winston Churchill

IN an episode of "Friends",... (Below threshold)

IN an episode of "Friends", Monica made an era in her cooking and was told by her mother that she "pulled a Monica" meaning of course that she screwed up.

Phoebe said let's turn that around so that when someone says they "pulled a Monica" she did something extraordinary and saved the day.

Can we turn the negative use of "swiftboating" to something positive? Like, if you exposed the corrution or lies of another, you "swiftboated" them. Similiar to a whistleblower for corporations.

"This is not how we rest... (Below threshold)

"This is not how we restore integrity and civility to the United States Congress."

Murtha is a bad as Dean: "As Chairmen of America's two major political parties, we have a responsibility to elevate the political discourse in America."

Let's change it from Swiftboating to Swift kicking.

Kinda like the eternal lib ... (Below threshold)

Kinda like the eternal lib lie of 'tax cuts ONLY for the rich', the left thinks if they tell the lie of 'swift boating' it'll be true.

Can anyone anyone here prove Swiftvets are what the libs keep trying to infer they are? Whie the libbies try to do that, i'll sit here and wait for another Christmas in Cambodia card fro, Jean Francois.

Murtha calling to "restore ... (Below threshold)

Murtha calling to "restore integrity" is like Bill Clinton calling for a "return to sexual morality."

Meanwhile, his brother and Pelosi's relatives get rich from contracts he steered to them as earmarks.

Can't we have a "Godwin's R... (Below threshold)

Can't we have a "Godwin's Rule" about people using the term "liberal media"?

Unless you're talking about Mother Jones Magazine, you're letting the world KNOW you shouldn't be taken seriously.

Robert do you live on the s... (Below threshold)

Robert do you live on the same planet as the rest of us?

Wow, it seems that Murtha d... (Below threshold)

Wow, it seems that Murtha doesn't like for people to rush to critical judgment about him.

Our military must be enjoying the irony of this.

Murtha wants to restore cil... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Murtha wants to restore cility and integreaty what a sick joke who dose this swaggering blabbering jackass think he is kidding with this bit of hypocracy

Actually Robert is right. ... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Actually Robert is right. Those on the left (including most of the media) are not "liberal" at all. They are secular regressive socialists, but very few of their positions are "liberal" by the classic definition of that word.

Also I agree 100% with Lorie's definition of "swiftboating". The lefties should realize that and stop proving that they are ones who are lying and deceiving.

Did anyone else catch Murth... (Below threshold)

Did anyone else catch Murtha's comments at the leadership press conference? When he restated the Dems' commitment to get us out of Iraq, and said "Speaker Pelosi will lead us in this flight..uh fight."






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