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And with few exceptions, veterans’ organizations will probably also give them the cold shoulder as they did their fellow vet John Kerry. Ditto the employees at weapons factories. It’s hard to imagine liberals ginning up much support from an industry they’ve disdained and voted to under-fund for years. Singing the Star Spangled Banner and waving a few flags at them will not serve to shorten the memories of such folks.
But the problem for these would-be patriotic Democrats is that while they’ve been distancing themselves from Cindy Sheehan-types, their left-wing base still embraces them with open arms. Their dilemma is best embodied by the schizophrenic history of Kerry: from proud naval service to contempt for the military establishment and repudiation of his involvement in the Vietnam War and then back to crowing about his combat experience when politically expedient.
This blatant opportunism seems apparent to all but liberals and their mainstream media allies. On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Tim Russert showed John Murtha some poll results and then plaintively asked, “Why are the Democrats at a lower trust level than Republicans on the war?” Unable to give an answer, Murtha issued a vague threat that Americans would demonstrate their trust level come November.
If Russert and Murtha could take off their blinders, they might see why Americans do not trust Democrats on national defense and security matters. As most blatantly demonstrated by Harry Reid’s memo, it seems that the only use they have for our brave soldiers is as political props.