weak incumbent hysterics?
by aguila del norte, Wed Apr 05, 2006 at 07:57:55 AM EDT
Yesterday, April 4th, Rep. Chris Chocola (R-Bristol) reacted to a new series of ads by MoveOn.org by referring to the activist group as a "radical group that does not share the views or values of Indiana's 2nd district", a phrase that more aptly describes the far right wing of his own Republican party. Chocola went on, with almost unbelieveable gall, to blame MoveOn for our troops lack of body armor and uparmored Humvees. Perhaps this is the sign of a guilty conscience, since it was Donald Rumsfeld and the Republican controlled Congress that forced our soldiers to weld scrap metal to their Humvees and forced their families to foot the bill for privately purchased body armor. Also damning, in Chocola's view, was MoveOn's call for "moderation and restraint" following the 9/11 attacks. In a district that has seen it's share of loss since the Iraq invasion, the thousands of others who have died in that country and the reality that Iraq had no ties to Al Queda or 9/11, perhaps some moderation and restraint could have been used.
Chocola's hysterics, not to mention his hypocrisy on the use of outside funds in a political campaign, show yet another reason why he is the one out of touch with his district and in need of some voter-imposed term limits. MoveOn is not run by some liberal Karl Rove; it is run by thousands of concerned and disaffected voters who feel that their government has stopped listening to them. Instead of crying the blues because he has been targeted by MoveOn, perhaps Chocola should read some of the thousands of letters sent by his constituents via MoveOn and find the real reason why the ads are airing: his tin ear to the cries of the people he should have been representing all along.