Republicans own the dead?
Did they really think we'd forget Bush's ad?
Watch the DCCC ad. It shows these things in the context of every other thing this administration has fucked up, from job creation to Hurricane Katrina. I think it makes sense and, considering the right wing's defense of Bush's ad, they don't have a leg to stand on in this case.
Then tell the Republicans they can go to hell, by donating to the Democrat of your choice. They neither own the right to mention death nor to bitch when we point out that quite a few of those deaths are their party's fault.
Update: A statement by DCCC Communications Director Bill Burton:
Republicans have gone to great lengths to obscure the pictures of these brave young men and women who come home having paid the ultimate sacrifice. Perhaps if these Republicans had been able to summon up this same level of outrage when President Bush sent our troops off to war without the body armor they needed and the Humvee armor they required, so many wouldn't have come home in flag-draped coffins or with life-changing injuries. After more than 2,500 Americans have died in Iraq, more than 18,000 wounded and more than $450 billion spent, it's time for a new direction.Update: A conservative blogger agrees with me.
Update: Erick, the linked-to genius over at RedState writes that the ad "uses pictures of dead soldiers in their flag draped coffins and the subtle threat of harm from September 11th to make a threat to the GOP." Aside from the nearly incomprehensible nature of this sentence, it just shows how whiny these fuckers get when Dems fight back.
Here's what the righties were saying about Bush's campaign ad:
President Bush released the first television ads of his re-election campaign today. They are so low-key as to be almost completely inoffensive. Nevertheless, the Democrats and the nation's newspapers pretend to be shocked--shocked!--that the ads include brief views of scenes from the September 11 attacks. - The artist formerly known as AssRocket from Power LineOh, I see... They're angry because they think that actually pointing out the devastation wrought by their party doesn't equate to an "electoral plus" for them. Sorry, WATBs. This war is yours.
LOOKING BACK, there is nothing surprising about the carefully plotted spasms of outrage at the reference, in a Bush campaign ad, to the terrorist attacks of September 11 through the fleeting shot of a flag-covered stretcher, and the smoldering ruins of the World Trade Center in downtown New York. This has been done, done before, and done for all the same reasons: Democrats have been steadily working to take September 11, its cause, effect, and aftermath, off the table of election-year politics since . . . oh, possibly . . .
September 12. Or, perhaps, to be fair, since some weeks later, when it became clear that George W. Bush's response to the attacks would be an electoral plus. - Noemie Emery in The Weekly Standard
Emery is right, of course -- one need only to think back to Robert Byrd's almost surreal theatrics on the floor of the Senate to recognize how the Dems had already begun testing these waters early in 2002 or thereabouts -- and the campaign has continued apace, relying on a steady series of faux outrages and manufactured resentments to place off-limits, politically speaking, any mention of 911. - Jeff Goldstein of Protein Wisdom
WHO OWNS 9-11? AND WHO OWNS HISTORY in general, the right to evoke the past and use pieces of it in creating the present?
The first television campaign ad for President George W. Bush came under partisan attack in the Leftist media because it included a few solemn, dignified frames of devastation from the World Trade Center, destroyed by terrorists on September 11, 2001...
And as for those loved ones who died in the terrorist attacks of 9-11, the most “demeaning” things someone can do is to erase them from our national memory, erase the history of the attack that killed them, and erase the effort to bring the terrorists who planned their murders to justice?
All this is being done cynically in order to help elect a Democrat President this November? By their re-writing of history, Senator Kerry and his allies in the Leftist media are engaging in the most demeaning, dehumanizing, Orwellian politics imaginable. - Lowell Ponte, FrontPage