Video Here at Political Teen–It’s one for the hard drive.
Section from story to save for posterity:
House Republicans maneuvered for swift rejection Friday of any notion of immediately pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, sparking a nasty, sometimes personal debate over the war following a Democratic lawmaker’s own call for withdrawal.
….. At one point in the emotional debate, Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, told of a phone call she received from a Marine colonel.
“He asked me to send Congress a message – stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message – that cowards cut and run, Marines never do,” Schmidt said.
You go girl.
UPDATE: Made 4 the Internet–“I did not support Jean Schmidt for the 2nd Congressional District house seat and I now publicly admit that I was wrong. She is providing STRONG conservative leadership for the wonderful people of southern Ohio. I made a mistake Rep. Schmidt and I apologize.” He also has part of a strong speech by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida.
UPDATE 2: Lifelike Pundits–Jean Schmidt: Ball Buster?
UPDATE 3: How to tell when a Republican makes an effective or memorable statement–The AP scrubs it from its later reports. Too bad, AP, we have the vid.
UPDATE 4: The vote was 403-3 against immediate withdrawal:
The House on Friday overwhelmingly rejected calls for an immediate troop withdrawal from Iraq, a vote engineered by the Republicans that was intended to fail. Democrats derided the vote as a political stunt.
“Our troops have become the enemy. We need to change direction in Iraq,” said Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, a Democratic hawk whose call a day earlier for pulling out troops sparked a nasty, personal debate over the war.
The House voted 403-3 to reject a nonbinding resolution calling for an immediate troop withdrawal.
“We want to make sure that we support our troops that are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. We will not retreat,” Speaker Dennis Hastert, R- Ill., said as the GOP leadership pushed the issue to a vote over the protest of Democrats.
It was the second time in less than a week that President Bush’s Iraq policy stirred heated debate in Congress. On Tuesday, the Senate defeated a Democratic push for Bush to lay out a timetable for withdrawal.
Murtha, a 73-year-old Marine veteran decorated for combat service in Vietnam, issued his call for a troop withdrawal at a news conference on Thursday. In little more than 24 hours, Hastert and Republicans decided to put the question to the House.
Democrats said it was a political stunt and quickly decided to vote against it in an attempt to drain it of significance.
Nice try, Dems–no sale. You’re on the record now as being against immediate troop withdrawal. Y’all know, phony-baloney polls notwithstanding, that the country is behind finishing the job professionally and leaving a representative government that can defend itself behind. You knew that a vote for the resolution would be a call-out to any and all primary and general election challengers who know where the country really stands on this. A lot more than three of you really believe that we should immediately withdraw, but you wouldn’t vote that way. Those of you who wouldn’t vote your beliefs are exactly what Jean Schmidt referred to. You cut and ran ….. over a vote.
Oh, and another thing: Have fun telling your MoveOn base during the next year that you really didn’t mean it. (“I was against immediate withdrawal before I was for it.”)
UPDATE 5: Another excellent sign–Andrew Sullivan is in full freak-out mode (he calls her “Jean Smith”).
UPDATE 6: Kevin at Wizbang–“House Republicans should introduce a version of the Murtha plan every week until the 2006 elections.”
UPDATE 7: More–PoliPundit (“Will you marry me, Jean?”; sorry, Poli, she’s taken), Powerline, EU Rota, Ace, Junkyard Blog (“Who are the Democrats booing?”), Hewitt, The Captain (“So much for no-confidence votes”), Atlas Shrugs, My VRWC (IDs the 3–McKinney, Wexler, Serrano), OpiniPundit (“Democrats: No Conviction, No Courage”), PowerPundit, Sister Toldjah (“The media is outright lying [about Schmidt's comments]“).
UPDATE 8: The roll call–includes 6 who voted Present. Of those six, special cop-out awards go to Nadler (represents the district where the World Trade Center towers were), McDermott (Baghdad Jim, whose pre-war publicity-stunt trip to Iraq was designed to try to stop it; now he won’t vote to get out), and Hinchey (this was his chance to stand up to the Rove Conspiracy, and he wimped out).
UPDATE 9: NY Times indulges in fantasy–The Democrats are humiliated, and their story is “Session Exposes Political Risks Ahead for G.O.P.” Uh-huh.
UPDATE 10: Rhymes with Right gets it right: “Democrats Silence Marine’s Voice” (i.e., the Marine who spoke with Jean Schmidt). Bingo.