September 25, 2003
Fact-Checking A Commenter's Ass

He's not even one of my commenters, but the facts are important.

Tacitus has an interesting post on the shameful propensity of many Democrats today to call the war in Iraq "Bush's war" rather than America's war, just as many Republicans a few years back called the bombing of Serbia "Clinton's war". In the 18th comment (of 80 so far), one 'MC Hawking' rashly sneers:

Of course, Bush & Company shared all the glory of our victory in Baghdad equally with everyone, of both parties.

Remember when Bush had Tom Daschle land with him together on the Lincoln flight deck? Because it's AMERICA'S war, all of us in it together, right? Certainly no one was partisan in any way about it.

What is it said about victory having a thousand fathers...?

Your eyes are turning brown, Tac.

A quick Google search confirmed something I vaguely remembered. The source is the May 9th edition of The Sun (published in Bremerton, "serving the Western Puget Sound since 1935"), and I'm only quoting the most pertinent bits:

Continued criticism by Democrats of President Bush's visit to the supercarrier USS Abraham Lincoln a week ago isn't shared by this state's party members.

Of course, six state Democrats flew by helicopter to greet the warship as it headed into Everett on Monday.

U.S. Reps. Norm Dicks, Jay Inslee and Rick Larsen, who all represent districts that include Navy installations, said they don't begrudge Bush's landing and national address on the aircraft carrier May 1.

. . . . . . . . .

The House trio was accompanied to the Lincoln by U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray and Gov. Gary Locke.

"It just seems to me it's entirely appropriate for the president to welcome home the sailors," Inslee said. "I don't have a problem with doing it on the ship. I can't see that it causes great grief to anyone.

"But first off, I'm not focusing on landing planes. I'm more worried about stopping the economy from crashing."

Many Democrats, including Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., and U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., have characterized Bush's visit to the Lincoln as a campaign stop.

"Other people can look at it differently," said Dicks, who added that he was proud six state Democrats visited the Lincoln together. "I don't have any problem with what the president did. Those kids on board are going to remember that for as long as they live."

Since the meeting was on an aircraft carrier, the six Democrats must have been flown out by the Navy -- they couldn't just drop in, like Arianna Huffington crashing a Schwarzenegger rally. And that means their visit could not have been arranged without White House approval. Which means that 'MC Hawking' is the one whose eyes are turning brown. (Though unfamiliar with the locution, I'm guessing it's a euphemistic way of saying someone is full of shit.) When it comes to bipartisanship, one governor, two senators, and three congressmen are surely more than equal to a single Daschle. It appears that Bush didn't bring any Republican congressmen along, though the story implies that there don't happen to be any in the area with significant numbers of military constituents.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at September 25, 2003 05:48 PM

"You're so full of shit your eyes are brown." the saying goes.

Posted by: Steve on September 28, 2003 09:37 PM

You are correct in your guess about the lack of Republican Congressmen here. Bush could have brought Congressman Nethercutt (who is running against Senator Murray) from Spokane, which does have Air Force bases, but that would have been a stretch.

Posted by: Jim Miller on September 29, 2003 09:21 PM

Sounds like the Dems got there late: cf. their Monday" arrival with Bush's visit "a week ago".

Posted by: Just John on October 4, 2003 10:56 PM