What do you do if you’re a beleaguered Republican congressman, well known for making an ass out of himself by ranting at constituents, and for being sued by his ex-wife for more than $100,000 in unpaid child support?
If you’re Tea Party champion Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Illinois, and you’re in a race against a Democratic war hero who lost two legs during her military service, you call her out as not a “true hero” because she talks about her military service.
Unlike Walsh, of course, who never talks about his military service. (Because he had none.) Watch the video at Think Progress.
Make no mistake, folks: this is part of a well-practiced strategy by Republican chicken hawks, who have never served, or who have ducked action in the National Guard, who have learned how to use their opponents’ military service against them.
The pioneer of the tactic was now-Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia, who in 2002 used it against then- Georgia Sen. Max Cleland, a triple amputee from his service in Vietnam. The chicken hawk Chambliss, whose bad knee kept him out of Vietnam, blasted Cleland for “breaking his oath to protect and defend the Constitution.”
The odious ploy was so successful it was replicated by stooges for President George W. Bush in his 2004 race against Sen. John Kerry. They realized that Bush, who during Vietnam hid out in the National Guard, was vulnerable against Kerry, a decorated Vietnam vet. So they formed “Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth,” which was funded by pro-Bush millionaires, and proceeded to spread a lot of lies against Kerry.
And now we have Walsh, saying veterans should just shut up.
How low can they go?
Update: Walsh latter clarifies his remarks with a nonapology.