6.27.2009

Democrats Find Their Balls

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is about to unleash a barrage of July 4th ads going after certain house Republicans -- now get this -- for not supporting our troops! Sound familiar? It should. It's a tactic right out of the GOP's handbook for the last 30 years. It's about time Dems learned to fight fire with fire. Seems it was fine for house Rethugs to vote against the war supplemental last week, something they had mercilessly hammered Dems for doing when they did so for reasons that had nothing to do with our troops - which they knew of course. Well, fasten your seat belts you vulnerable rethugs, it's going to be a bumpy July 4th.

From Think Progress:

...the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) plans to run ads on the July 4 holiday criticizing several vulnerable Republican members for their votes against the supplemental last week. As Glenn Thrush reports, “A series of 60-second radio ads will run during drive time from July 1 through July 8, according to a script provided to POLITICO — and they have the support-our-troops ring of GOP spots.” Thrush provides the script:

Around here, we recognize Independence Day with parades … and picnics … maybe a few fireworks. But July Fourth is about more than that.

It’s about remembering those who fought for our freedoms. And those still fighting today. Congressman Lee Terry used to understand that.

When George Bush asked, Congressman Terry voted to fully fund our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. And, last year he said, quote, “We must give our military every resource it needs.”

Seems like Congressman Terry is playing politics now … Last month Congressman Terry voted AGAINST funding for those same troops. It’s true: vote No. 348 – you can look it up.

Versions of the ads are reportedly going to be run against seven Republican members: Reps. Ken Calvert (R-CA), Charlie Dent (R-PA), Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Dan Lungren (R-CA), Mike McCaul (R-TX), Lee Terry (R-NE) and Joe Wilson (R-SC). The DCCC insists that it is simply pointing out that “[w]hen George Bush was president, Republicans were quick to criticize anyone who voted against the supplemental bills that fund the troops as against the troops. But now that Republicans are trying to score political points, they have flip flopped on troop funding.”

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