Let’s add insult to injury shall we? Not only did the freshman Congresswoman from Ohio put her foot in her mouth, she also lied in the process! What a goof. The Cincy Enquirer has an article that outlines how Colonel Bubp did indeed call Rep. Schmidt, but did NOT ask her to call Murtha or anyone else a coward:

Danny Bubp, a freshman state representative who is a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve, told The Enquirer that he never mentioned Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., by name when talking with Schmidt, and he would never call a fellow Marine a coward.

So Jean’s little wingnut backs away from her little tirade (as did she). He’s just a “stay the courser”, not a “Dems are cowards” wingnut then. Good:

“There was no discussion of him personally being a coward or about any person being a coward,” Bubp said. “My message to the folks in Washington, D.C., and to all the Congress people up there, is to stay the course. We cannot leave Iraq or cut and run – any terminology that you want to use.”

Still, Bubp said the whole thing has been blown out of proportion.

Just how, Colonel Bubp, do you think this has been blown out of proportion? I’d say calling out a distinguished war veteran and very respected Congressman and deeming him a coward is something to get worked up about – ESPECIALLY if it is done in your name! You should be jumping up and down and demanding a formal apology for mentioning your name in her little congressional episode, not downplaying the damned thing…that would be the…uh…brave thing to do!

Also, In what seems to be a foolish move, Hamilton County’s Republican Party’s Executive Director Brad Greenburg is standing behind Schmidt:

“We stand behind her sentiments,” said Brad Greenberg, executive director of the Hamilton County Republican Party. “I don’t believe that Jean Schmidt intended to attack (Murtha) personally. I understand that people felt that she was attacking him, but I don’t believe that, in her heart, she meant to.”

Brad, the entire country saw it as an attack. Friendly advice here would be to put some distance between yourself and the party from this nutbag. Hell, even Cheney backed way the hell down…take a cue from your fearless leader and back off. It is best for you in the end. Or keep hammering away. Put out some press releases in support of Schmidt. Keep it coming. I’m loving it!

Is it just me or are Republicans uncannily able to look into other people’s hearts? Strikes me as a bit creepy.

Bennett also claims the reaction from OH2 voters has been 75% positive. My ass. Your girl only won by what, 4%? Come on, man.

But Murtha confirms my original suspicions. Mean Jean was disposable and used as the Rethuglican attack dog that she so resembles:

“This is a new member, and sometimes they give her something to say that … they get out of hand. I try not to take this stuff personal,” he said.

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