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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Why Can't The AP Count?

The GOP-obedient media is once again providing cover for George Bush rather than, you know, reporting the truth.

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press:
Feingold introduced censure legislation Monday in the Senate, but not a single Democrat has embraced it.
What a lazy, dishonest hack job. John Kerry has been saying right out of the gate he would support the resolution, Boxer's office has been confirming that she would and so has Menendez. And now Harkin (above) has signed on as a co-sponsor. Counting Feingold himself, that's five.

Only three Democrats have indicated they definitely don't support the measure -- Dodd, Dayton and (no surprise) Holy Joe.

Yesterday Donna Brazile indicated that Democrats were reluctant to sign on because their consultants hadn't given them the go-ahead. Glenn Greenwald shreds this particular bit of beltway wisdom that has done so much to keep Democrats in the minority:
People like Kevin [Drum] -- who believe that Democrats must "prove" to the country that they can be strong -- should most understand the value in having Democrats take a stand regardless of whether they ultimately prevail. Strong and resolute people fight. Weak and spineless people run away from fights -- or fight only when their victory is guaranteed in advance. The Democrats have been running away from fights for five years now based on the Kevin Drum theory that fights are only worth fighting if you know in advance that you will win. It is beyond irrational to think that the Democrats are going to look strong by simply crawling away meekly and allowing George Bush to break the law.
That this has to be pointed out is absurd. Once again the age old question rears its head -- when the revolution comes, who will be the first against the wall, the Democratic pundits or the Democratic consultants? Today the consultants win.

I shouldn't have to point this out either, but I will: any Democrat looking to score points in the blogosphere right now would do well to find their voice on this matter, sooner rather than later.

Update: It thought that name sounded familiar. Laurie Kellman was the AP writer who also gave us this gem, which she later had to retract:
Sheehan's T-shirt alluded to the number of soldiers killed in Iraq: "2245 Dead. How many more?" . . .

Young's shirt had just the opposite message: "Support the Troops Defending Our Freedom."

Update II: Per Jacqrat, you can contact AP and raise your objections here.