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May 16, 2008

Melissa Hart Rewrites Her Own Political History


Our favorite former Housemember, Melissa Hart, stopped by The Conversation this week to have a chat with the tie-dyed, long-haired, commie-pinko, hippie freak, Bill Toland.

And Missy tries to rewrite her own political history in the first coupla minutes. The interesting stuff happens early on when Toland asks about the current national political climate. Here's a transcript of that part of The Conversation:

BT: It's been bad so far for republicans. Lost special elections in Mississippi, Illinois and now Louisiana. Is it a bad year for you guys? Are you hoping that'll turn around, I'm assuming, by November?

MH: Well first of all I think the Republican brand has been damaged. I don't know all the specifics of the local issues that were involved in those races. You know our race is a local race. There's six counties here that need to elect a congressman and hopefully that'll be me. My goal is to go back and reemphasize with folks the positions I take on issues. Where I stand. The priorities I have for the region. And how hard I work. A lot of folks are behind me in that campaign.

BT Why do you think that message didn't resonate two years ago?

MH: In 2006 I think it was a national election. You saw just across the board the president being unpopular, the war really putting people on edge – and appropriately. Questions that they had about current leadership. Scandals with some congressman taking bribes. Congressmen sending sexual e-mails to children. I mean, come on -

BT: That does hurt, yea.

MH: - that's not a good thing. People should be held responsible for that. I served on the ethics committee and we did hold them responsible for that. [emphasis added.]

So Melissa Hart now thinks that it was "appropriate" that the war put people on edge in 2006.

But take a look at what she was saying before the 2006 election.

It's June of 2006 and Henry Hyde has introduced House Resolution 861 that declares in part:
that it is not in the national security interest of the United States to set an arbitrary date for the withdrawal or redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Iraq;
That meant, back then, that the House would not favor any date being set to bring the troops back home. In fact the resolution:
declares that the United States is committed to the completion of the mission to create a sovereign, free, secure, and united Iraq
There it is. No timeline for withdrawal and the troops will stay there until Iraq is safe and secure (How's that going, Missy? Just asking.) This Resolution is exactly the sort of stuff that put the electorate on edge back in 2006. And guess who voted in favor of that resolution? That's right. Melissa Hart, along with most of the Republicans in the House. Take a look.

Any wonder why they were voted out of power?

But there's more. Keep in mind that now she says it's appropriate for the voters back then to have been on edge about the war. But in her supporting statements for H.Res 861 (found here at the invaluable C-Span archives) she has a very different outlook on those opposing dubya's war.

Here's what she said:

As I traveled with seven colleagues earlier this year to visit our troops in the Middle East and Central Asia, I learned a great deal about the American spirit, the spirit of our volunteer servicemen and women and what drives them to risk it all. It is the defense of freedom. It is the understanding that vigilance and sacrifice are requirements for our Nation's security.

Back home in the comfort of their living rooms though, many Americans lack that focus. They forgot about Iraq's violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and the mounting incidence of attacks on our Nation leading up to 9/11. They began to loudly dissent and doubt and distract from our mission in Iraq.

One of the generals who I spoke with while I was in Kuwait took the opportunity in a quiet conversation to ask a very pointed question. He said, is America fighting this war, or is it just our military who is fighting this war?

We today, together with all Americans, must answer that general's thoughtful question. We must answer it for him, for ourselves, for the rest of the world, but especially for our enemies, so they know America is truly committed to liberty and the victory of civility and opportunity for all who love freedom and support democracy.

These enemies have long been committed to robbing the world of liberty. The United States and others have been targets of these terrorists many times leading up to 9/11 because of our commitment to the ideal of freedom. These enemies include regimes which harbor terrorists, but most especially those loosely connected terrorist organizations operating outside a national framework who share an ideology of oppression, tyranny, control, hatred resentment. They value no life, no man, no woman, no child.

We Americans cannot continue to be free if we spend all our time questioning our mission. Many Americans want to debate the validity of prewar intelligence or weapons of mass destruction. Whether one nation or another supported al Qaeda, how many troops do we need? Americans have to look beyond the tactical challenges.

We must do as Tony Blair did. The people who are fighting us, he said, know what is at stake. The question is, do we?

Notice the insulting jabs at the people "back home in the comfort of their living rooms" "distracting" from "our mission in Iraq." She's charges that the people questioning the war didn't know what's at stake. She charges that the people questioning the war weren't committed to liberty. She charges that we cannot continue to be free if we spend all our time questioning the mission, and that the debate on prewar intelligence and WMD were just "tactical challenges" we have to "look beyond."

And now those dissents are ok.

She needs to explain her flip-flop.

9 comments:

Schmuck Shitrock said...

Melissa may have her faults, but I think Maria has a point when she notes that Hart's clitoris qualifies her to represent her district in the House of Representatives. Altmire lacks this skill, and carries the burden of a Y chromosome, so he will never reach the political heights of a Kay Bailey Hitchinson or a Phyllis Schlafly.

cathcatz said...

i think that rep. altmire's seat is safe and sound.

The Wizened Sage said...

It's time to gather the whole family around the computer! It's the blog that's fun for kids from 5 to 105! It's time for THE JOHN K. IDIOTIC COMMENT OF THE DAY!

Obama said he visited all 57 States. I wonder which ones he has visited that I haven't?

The state of consciousness for one, John.

Tune in again tomorrow for another exciting, laugh-filled edition of THE JOHN K. IDIOTIC COMMENT OF THE DAY!

Anonymous said...

Missy spins with the best of 'em! What a hoot!

So, she thinks her loss was effected by an unpopular war and a moron President in '06, but it won't be the same this year? Huh? Last time I looked, GWB's ratings were lower than Attila The Huns....

And she and her cronies took Members to task on the Ethics Committee? I don't think so. She and the rest of the GOP stonewalled all but the most egregious.

And what's with the use of "Congressman?"

Melissa is amazingly delusional. Her desire isn't to "serve her district," her desire is to get back to DC and on the luxurious government gravy train. She LIKES being a Member, she LIKES the power she can accrue, not because she can effect change, but because she thinks she was born to it....

And yea, ain't it a bitch when we "question authority?" Missy, is there something about the founding of our nation that you don't get?

Pilt

ps: Watch for the nasty negative ads, coming soon to a WPA TV station near you....

Schmuck Shitrock said...

I can't believe the depth of your sexism, Pilt. Using the word "bitch" in a story about a woman will bring Maria down on you like a plague of....I don't know, something unpleasant.

Anonymous said...

Just a common and relatively harmless figure of speech with no sexism intended or implied. Or am I too old to "get it?"

Pilt

Sherry said...

i hope it's just teasing in respect to maria.

she has a right to her opinions. i have a right to mine. we all make up our own minds. that's one of the american things we still have left after bush's power grab.

me, i don't agree with maria over some things, like "sweetie" it just doesn't seem like one of the bigger issues (no matter what some read into his use of it)compared to other things.

that's just me. i'm glad he tried to make amends.

but maria is smart and talented and has a good sense of humor and certainly doesn't need me or anyone else to defend her.

that said, i just hope your only trying to be funny about the male/female stuff.

Matt H said...

Hart is a joke. Hopefully after she loses she will just go away.

Anonymous said...

Hart will probably get a good job in the McCain administration.