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Jean Schmidt

Posted by jesselee
Friday, November 18, 2005 at 6:26 PM

DCCC Press...

In an unusual floor action, Representative Jean Schmidt today was forced to withdraw remarks she made referring to Congressman John Murtha, a highly decorated Vietnam War Veteran, as a "coward." After making the remarks, amid vocal protests from her colleagues, Rep. Schmidt took back her statement so as not to be embarrassed further by House of Representatives Leadership for breaking House rules by impuning the integrity of another Member of Congress.
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The Speaker Pro Tempore: The gentlelady from Ohio is recognized for one minute.

Ms. Schmidt: Yesterday I stood at Arlington National Cemetery attending the funeral of a young marine in my district. He believed in what we were doing is the right thing and had the courage to lay his life on the line to do it. A few minutes ago I received a call from Colonel Danny Bop, Ohio Representative from the 88th district in the House of Representatives. He asked me to send Congress a message: Stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message, that cowards cut and run, Marines never do. Danny and the rest of America and the world want the assurance from this body – that we will see this through.

The Speaker Pro Tempore: The house will be in order. The house will be in order. The house will be in order. The house will be in order. The house will be in order. The gentlelady will suspend. And the clerk will report her words. All members will suspend. The gentleman from Arkansas has demanded that the gentlelady's words be taken down. The clerk will report the gentlelady's words.

The Speaker Pro Tempore: The house will be in order. Members pleas take seats. The gentlelady from Ohio.

Ms. Schmidt: Mr. Speaker, my remarks were not directed at any member of the House and I did not intend to suggest that they applied to any member. Most especially the distinguished gentleman from Pennsylvania. I therefore ask for unanimous consent that my words be withdrawn.

The Speaker Pro Tempore: Without objection. The gentlelady's words will be withdrawn.

AP:

The fiery, emotional debate climaxed when Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, the most junior member of the House, told of a phone call she received from a Marine colonel.

"He asked me to send Congress a message - stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message - that cowards cut and run, Marines never do," Schmidt said.

Democrats booed and shouted her down - causing the House to come to a standstill.

Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn., charged across the chamber's center aisle screaming that it was an uncalled for personal attack. "You guys are pathetic. Pathetic," yelled Rep. Marty Meehan, D-Mass.

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Thanks for the transcript of that.

I hope that this convinces even the most recalcitrant of Democratic appeasers that the Republicans are hellbent on their personal and political destruction. The Dems need to understand that the Republicans are not playing -- for them this is all-out (political) war, taking no prisoners and recognizing no restrictions.

The Dems showed spine and unity today. You made me proud, people. Now let's crank it up a notch.

And let's not forget, whether you're a Republican or Democrat; you can oppose the war AND support our troops at the same time, kinda like our Dems and some Reps are doing right now.

Who the heck do the Rethugs plan on sending next year to fight in Iraq, or the year after or the year after that?

Some of these "brave young men (women)" are already on their 3rd or 4th tour of duty and we're not even at the 3rd anniversarry of the war.

Dems should fight fire with fire and introduce legislation that forbids the deployment of any soldier beyond the 2nd tour. Let's see how fast that gets voted down and the explanations (twisted) that Rethugs use.

It's a shame that, rather than allowing her to unanimously withdraw her remarks, someone on the Dem side of the aisle didn't object to that request and let them go through the process of "taking down" her remarks. The Repug leadership let this dog off her leash, the should feel her bite.

Rep. Jean Schmidt’s recent display of Republican theatrics on the floor of the House of Representative illustrates the difference between Republicans and Democrats:

For Republicans, patriotism is a trophy in a self-indulgent contest of flag-waving and war cheerleading; for Democrats, patriotism is the act of putting the needs of the country ahead of the indulgences of the Id.

In typical Rovian fashion, Schmidt has built her career on attacking war veterans -- first Paul Hackett, now Rep. Murtha.

While Republican warmongers engage in a Freudian display of adolescent ego masturbation, women like Schmidt play cheerleader from the sidelines.

What's up with the AP identifying Danny "Bopp" (actually, Buhp) as a "Marine Colonel" rather than a Republican politician? If they'd done even a lick of research, they'd have figured out that Buhp is a reservist who's never served in combat, who also has been an active Republican politician serving in elected office in Ohio since 1994. To characterize him as a "Marine Colonel" without anything more is misleading, to put it mildly.

I believe that Jean Schmidt did some damage to the image of the GOP house membership, but it's not something from which she, or her caucus, won't recover. Chalk it up to inexperience. However, Marty Meehan isn't inexperienced, and his shrillness seems to be more damaging to the Dems' image than Schmidt's was to the GOP's.

the biggest problem with her comment is that she is right!we sit in our comfy homes behind our computers while our sons fight and die to protect our nation.we don't want another attack in this country yet we won't do what is neccesary to prevent it.and we lie and say we support our troops but oppose the war-what kind of garbage is that.this country has a large number of cowards who suck as many of the freedoms they can but we want others to do our dirty work.all this is -is an attack on 1 political party.as a father of 2 marines i say your hatred of george bush and everything american is pathetic.gee and i voted independent last election

To Denosb

You hit the nail on the head. Bush and Cheney do suck up freedoms, not to mention sucking up billions of tax payer dollars to give away to their friends in Haliburten, it's subsidiaries and all the other oppportunists benefiting from this illegal war. Like many Rebulican polititions, both avoided combat duty by taking advanatage their families positions and polital connections, but don't mind sending other people's kids off to fight and die in a "preemtive" war of choice justified by a pack of lies and deceit.

THE BIG LIE:

Iraq had something to do with the war on terror. It did not and never did. Iraq did not attack us, and Saddam Hussein was no friend of Bin Laden - remember that guy, the one who planned 911? Where is he now? You don't hear them talking about that guy anymore. And the sneaky SOBs are still doing it. Cheney talks about critics of the Iraq war as critics of the War on Terror - hello, two different wars people. Follow along with the program. Iraq was not a threat to this country, period, end of story. Now that we drove a humvee through the pottery barn, we own a whole lot of broken crockery, and what was no threat to us is now a big source of anti-American hatred and a fertile recruiting ground for Islamic extremists. The bottom line is that the longer we stay, the worse it gets, and we have no plan for getting out. These guys keep running around calling people cowards and liars. I don't know how they keep a straight face.

The majority of Americans have finally realized the awful truth, but there a few left who refuse to believe our president could be so dishonest - believe it.

Jean Schmidt decided to make herself the poster child for keeping the troops in Iraq. Go and let her know she is wrong. Anytime she appears in public, she should be reminded of how wrong she is. Next week she has been given the honor of swearing in a new member of Cincinnati City Council. Someone who calls Congressman Murtha a coward doesn't deserve to be honored.

to denosb:

No, she isn't right. This is the first war where the administration is asking practically no sacrifice on the part of the general population. It is a matter of very very bad politics on a grand scale, of a war that did not need to be, which was shoved down the public's throat in a 6 month snowjob that was performed on us leading up the the invasion, based on a policy of pre-emption, which has made the world worse and not better. The callous and idiotic nature of Bush's politics greatly increases the chances that we will be attacked again and diminishes the chances that our allies will help very much, since Bush has burned practically every bridge there is to burn. We are now bogged down in a Guerilla war with no end in sight. For every insurgent we kill, three new ones will take his place. The numbers don't add up nor will they add up. We have become the prime targets in Iraq and every day is open-season on americans there. Summary: no-win situation. Murtha is right: listen to the top-brass at the pentagon and follow their plan for a withdrawal before this gets worse. We are not solving the problem there, but rather, we have become the problem, and no amount of trying to depict dissenters as traitors will change that fact. And forget the good old 'the critics of the war are endangering our troops' -- that old dog will not trot any more. The administration that set our men and women into a front without body armor, the administration that sent the wrong troop levels to begin with, and administration that spent 6 months spreading very bad propaganda about a link between Iraq and 9-11 which never existed, an administration which painted horror scenarios about mushroom clouds over american cities within 48 hours -- THEY are the ones who are endangering our troops, not the dissenters. And I submit to you, if Iraq was not sitting on top of the 2nd largest oil reserves in the world, we would not be there today and most people would not even have a clue as to where Iraq is on the map! As for Schmidt, she is just a little loser pawn in a very nasty game. It is time for us DEMS to unite completely and be just as brutal as the GOP Neo-con bastards who have hijacked america.

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