Jack Murtha: The Britney Spears of Congress
By: Warner Todd Huston
The worst thing about pop culture celebrities is their ever downwardly spiraling behavior. To get noticed they feel they must indulge in ever more outrageous behavior until they end up dead like Anna Nichol Smith or a drunken, debauched mess like the empty-headed Britney Spears. Sadly, the media and the gossip rags eat it up.
This pathology to attention mongering isnâ€™t, though, exclusive to these so-called celebrities. In fact, such “notice” can sing a siren song for politicians, too. Especially those who imagine themselves populists.
It isn’t enough to have a principle and fight for it. That “principle” must be expanded ever more and the targets that the principle is applied against must be ever more extreme. Jack Murtha fits this political definition to a tee.
Jack Murtha is the Britney Spears of Congress. And his anti-war stance is the avenue to his pathological need to be noticed. And he isnâ€™t alone.
This weekend, the House of Representatives passed a non-binding denouncement of president Bushâ€™s â€œsurgeâ€ plans in Iraq. Showing how simple minded the House leadership is, Speaker Pelosi was proud to say that they had created a â€œnew directionâ€ in Iraq in a resolution that had â€œfewer than 100 wordsâ€ contained in it.
Still, it is Murtha who seems to be spiraling ever more extreme on the issue.
With his oversight panel on military spending Murtha plans to put so many requirements on the budget that it will be impossible to implement properly. And it is obvious he couldnâ€™t care less how it will affect the troops. It is being called the â€œslow bleedâ€ plan.
“They won’t have the equipment, they don’t have the training and they won’t be able to do the work. There’s no question in my mindâ€, Murtha is quoted as having said.
But that is nothing compared to the news that he was going to appear at a Moveon.org function, the radical and far left organization funded by illegal drug activist George Sorros.
Caught by a new website called The Victory Caucus, the Moveon.org advertisement read as follows:
CHAIRMAN JACK MURTHA TO OUTLINE COMMITTEE STRATEGY ON BUSHâ€™S IRAQ FUNDING REQUEST THURSDAY MORNING AT 11:00 AM EST ON MOVECONGRESS.ORG
Join us tomorrow at 11:00 AM EST when Congressman Jack Murtha will outline new details of a strategy to use his Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense to oppose the Bush war in Iraq. Congressman Jim Moran, another Committee member, predicts the Committee action will be the â€œbiteâ€ that follows this weekâ€™s Congressional â€œbarkâ€ â€“ the three-day debate on a non-binding Congressional resolution.
The Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense has begun consideration of the presidentâ€™s $93 billion supplemental appropriations request for Iraq. Action on the request will be the first opportunity for the new Congress to exercise its â€œpower-of-the-purseâ€ over the Iraq war.
Chairman Murtha will describe his strategy for not only limiting the deployment of troops to Iraq but undermining other aspects of the presidentâ€™s foreign and national security policy. Chairman Murtha discusses these steps in a videotaped conversation with former Congressman Tom Andrews (D-ME), the National Director of the Win Without War coalition, sponsor of MoveCongress.org.
Join us here tomorrow for this exclusive interview.
Naturally, once the conservative website highlighted this outrageous message, Moveon.org cleaned up their verbiage later that day and the bit I emphasized above mysteriously disappeared.
Mike Duncan, RNC Chairman, had it perfectly right when he brought Murthaâ€™s â€œslow-bleedâ€ plan, his next step in extremism, to the fore.
We’ve known all along that they want to cut and run before the job is done. But they’ve been afraid to confront President Bush directly. Today, Democrat Rep. Jack Murtha let slip what he and Nancy Pelosi really intend to do, and it is genuinely frightening.
Murtha has steadily increased his extreme anti-war and anti-Bush rhetoric since the day a fawning MSM brought this long unknown pol to national prominence.
He obviously craves the spotlight, but the only way he can stay in the news is to become ever more wild-eyed with his rants and ever more hateful in his actions and policy discussions.
Murtha is truly the Britney Spears of Congress. He is just as empty headed and just as self-destructive. Unfortunately, his personal debauchery doesnâ€™t merely harm himself and bemuse the paparazzi. It affects US policy and harms our troops who are already doing dangerous enough work.
As Duncan reminds us, â€œOur armed forces are the best in the world. They are serving with tremendous honor and bravery in Iraq. We cannot gradually abandon them. We cannot allow the Murtha-Pelosi ‘slow-bleed’ plan to happen.â€
We must stop Moveon.org and Jack Murtha from further hurting our troops, our policies, and our safety.