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Bush Addresses the Moveon Ad

Posted by Ryan on September 20, 2007

President Bush commented on politics for a change during a news conference today when he said of the Moveon.org “General Betray-Us” ad:

“I felt like the ad was an attack not only on Gen. Petraeus but on the U.S. military, and I was disappointed that not more leaders in the Democrat party spoke out strongly against that ad…. [and that] most Democrats are afraid of irritating a left-wing group like MoveOn.org, or more afraid of irritating them, than they are of irritating the United States military.”

In response today the Senate voted 72-25 in favor of condemning the ad in a resolution sponsored by Republican John Cornyn of Texas, who said: 

“For MoveOn.org and their left-wing allies to brand General Petraeus a traitor and a liar crossed a historic line of decency. It was a despicable political attack by a radical left-wing interest group.”

Moveon is the gift that keeps on giving for Republicans.  It shows how the left-wing fringe really feels, which embarrasses many mainstream Democrats who have already criticized the ad.  But what are the Dems to do about all this?  Most of them voted for the condemnation, but Moveon is an enormously wealthy and powerful liberal interest group.  The Dems can’t knock them or disagree with Moveon’s big-picture for fear of facing a Ned Lamont-style fight in the primaries.  If the Republicans play their cards right and stigmatize Moveon in the popular culture, they can cause further strain and rifts to appear within the Democrat Party.  Barack O’Bama coincidentally missed the vote along with fellow Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.  Predictably She Who Must Not Be Named voted against the condemnation along with Chris Dodd.  Again, the Republicans can continue to criticize the Dems and keep the story in the news another few days, maybe stretching it into yet another Sunday talk cycle.

Pic by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

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