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Damn I Hate That
Published on February 14, 2004 By russellmz2 In Politics
When I learned that Google Ads saw fit to place an ad for the RNC on some articles of my blog some of the time, I was displeased. But, actually, what better way to teach and inform about the "Compassionate Conservatism agenda", as the ad proudly proclaims?

First, let's try and see an example of this compassion. How about in the race against Max Cleland?

He's the one in the wheelchair, with no legs and one arm. He lost them as a company commander during the Vietnam War (he was a volunteer). His Republican opponent, Saxby Chambliss, ran an ad which "opened with pictures of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, then attacked Cleland for voting against President Bush's Homeland Security bill." source: Veterans for Peace
What the ad fails to point out is that Cleland supported the creation of a Department of Homeland Security before the president did. Cleland also voted for Democratic-authored legislation to establish the new agency when it cleared committee earlier this year, according to an analysis by Associated Press special correspondent David Espo.

The Department of Homeland Security bill currently is hung up in the Senate, where amendments to the proposed legislation are the issue. Cleland has opposed the administration "on amendments related to civil service rules and labor protection for employees of the new department, the disagreement that has blocked passage of the measure thus far," Espo reports.
source: Gainesville Times
Immediately the ad was denounced, not just by Democrats but also by two Republican senators -- John McCain and Chuck Hagel, both of them Vietnam veterans.

"I've never seen anything like that ad," says McCain. "Putting pictures of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden next to a picture of a man who left three limbs on the battlefield -- it's worse than disgraceful, it's reprehensible."

Irate, Hagel told Republican officials that if they didn't pull the ad, he would make an ad denouncing them. After that, Chambliss's campaign removed the pictures of Hussein and bin Laden from the ad.

"Max Cleland has given as much to this country as any living human being," Hagel says. "To say he is in some way connected to people like Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein was beyond offensive to me. It made me recoil, quite honestly."

Asked recently for comment, Chambliss responded through a spokesman that he did not want to discuss the ad or Cleland.
source: Veterans for Peace

Chambliss managed to win the election. Did I mention that he was unable to participate in Vietnam due to his bad knee? Amazingly, a search for "Saxby Chambliss knee" brings up yet another horror story about him!

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