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Tom Rinaldo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:16 PM
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How to Fight Back! Notes From An Anti Swiftboating Conference Call:
Republicans swiftboaters have aimed their sights this time at Patrick Murphy in PA-08. Murphy is an Iraq War Vet running against, you guessed it, another Republican Chickenhawk who never served, but that doesn't stop the shrimpboaters from attacking Murphy, claiming he doesn't really know what he's talking about regarding Iraq.

The Democratic response this time HAS been swift, and it IS powerful. I direct your attention to the blog by one of several netroots bloggers who participated in that Conference call, PsiFighter37 at Young Philly Politics. Here are the first four paragraphs, but I urge you to go to his blog and read all of it:

"I just got off a conference call with PA-08 Democratic candidate Patrick Murphy. As I wrote about earlier today, his opponent, freshman GOP Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, decided to open a series of Swiftboat-style attacks on him on Friday. It appears that the Democratic Party has learned its lesson with rapid response, and tonight, the campaign sent out a notice to speak with many prominent liberal bloggers about the upcoming response. The bloggers on tonight's call included Chris Bowers of MyDD, Huffington Post contributor Taylor Marsh, mcjoan and Armando of Daily Kos (yes, that Armando), and Susan Kreuger of Democracy Cell Project. On the other side of the phone with Patrick were Captain Koby Langley and General Wesley Clark. Under the fold, I'll recount to the best of my knowledge the content of the call, which was all on the record.

First, it's a pretty heady experience to say 'hello' and have the first voice come back being General Clark. It's difficult to introduce oneself after that; I stated my name and introduced myself as a blogger and a current college student. "You're not just a blogger," Clark said. "The pen is mightier than the sword." It's apparent that Clark is a clear supporter of the netroots and is quite engaged in what we are doing.

Captain Langley started off by talking about what he and Patrick did while they were in Iraq. Langley had been a captain in the 82nd Airborne Division as well, and he noted that although Patrick was a JAG, due to the lack of manpower in Iraq, they were often pressed into situations totally unrelated to law. For over a month, Patrick commanded over 75 convoys with Langley, ensuring the safety of the transport and. This is not merely a job that is far from the field, as Patrick's accusers have stated; this was a job that made them 'soft targets', to put it in Langley's own words. Other soldiers, whose primary task had been more legal-oriented, had been killed in Iraq before - this was dangerous work that Patrick had been involved in. Captain Langley repeatedly noted that Fitzpatrick has never been a member of the armed forces, and that it was disgraceful for him to be saying such things about Patrick, who earned a Bronze Star for his commendable service in Iraq.

General Clark was the next to speak, and you could hear the anger in his voice. He praised Patrick's service, and although he noted that while there can be different feelings that run between different units in the army, Fitzpatrick has 'no place in saying who's qualified'. He said that the Swiftboating was 'baloney', and that we have got to stand up to it. Additionally, Clark railed against the 'cowardice of the Bush administration and the complete corruption of the Republican Party'. He called Fitzpatrick a 'phony patriot', noting that he had no right to wear the American flag on his lapel after condoning such remarks. The Republicans, the general noted, 'will destroy anything to hang on to power, even the reputation' of a soldier who served America honorably and with distinction. He thanked all of us for being on the call, and he told us not only to raise the outrage meter on the Internet, but to also raise money for Patrick to fight back against these claims and to write letters to the Philadelphia-area papers."
http://youngphillypolitics.com/node/1562


Wes Clark is rallying support for Patrick Murphy on his own web site:
http://securingamerica.com/ccn/node/8404

Wes Clark is by no means alone among leading Democrats rallying to Murphy's support now, as PsiFighter37 details:

"My question was about who might be coming to the district to help give Patrick support. I already had heard of potential names being raised, but I could not disclose some of them (and I believe I still can't mention a couple of them). Bill Clinton is going to be in town for a huge rally Wednesday morning. In addition, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) will be holding a teleconference with the press on Tuesday to counter these charges, and Patrick will also be hosting another teleconference on Wednesday with Senator Barack Obama (D-IL)..."

Way to go Democrats!

See also a current front page blog at Daily Kos that simply devastates the Republican line of attack against Murphy:

"PA-08: On Swiftboating Patrick Murphy"
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/10/9/10926/8851

This is how we will turn the tide against Republican lies and WASH THEM AWAY!





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Tom Rinaldo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:43 PM
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1. Two Recommends but no posts, lol...
That won't work for long on a busy board... KICK!
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:06 PM
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2. I'm glad that they have learned the lessons well and are
fighting back.
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TayTay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:17 PM
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3. This is great, great news!
Kudos and big thanks to Gen. Clark for his unwavering support of our Fighting Dems! (Kudos and thanks to all other Dems who are helping Mr. Murphy out as wwell!!!!
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Tom Rinaldo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:32 PM
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4. Bill Clinton will be coming to town, that is a HUGE boost to Murphy
I want to see these shrimpboaters fried every time they pull this crap against a real Vet on behalf of a chickenhawk. It's all the wanna be cowboys who are sending our men and women to their deaths so that they can act tough. And they are making America LESS safe in the process. General Clark says our nation in on the precipice of a national security disaster because of these loose canons, and there is no higher priority for America than getting them out of office.
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EVDebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:51 PM
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5. Showings of the movie "Sir, No Sir" ...
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 01:55 PM by EVDebs
might be a fundraising vehicle and head-turner too. When Prince Bandar's role in tutoring * on foreign policy, shown in Woodward's book, becomes more well known, then you'll see even more rats deserting the sinking ship.

Sirnosir.com The movie is about the soldier's efforts to end the war in Vietnam...and now we're seeing part deux of Iraq/Nam

Also, see

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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Tom Rinaldo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:13 PM
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6. Excellent leads & important information, thanks. What I want to see....
...is for someone to compile a comprehensive roster of good solid Democratic Veterans who have been smeared and swiftboated by chickenhawks or their supporters.

List them all in one place, including their years of service to America and awards won, headed off by a lead that says: What do these distinguished American Veterans have in common? They are all Democrats who have had their service to America belittled by swiftboaters in support of chickenhawks who never served one day in our nation's military.

I would do it myself but I am immersed in a work project away from home and don't have time to do the research needed. Maybe we can start collecting information for it using this or another dedicated DU thread for that purpose.
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EVDebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 09:06 AM
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11. I'll post this info as a separate thread and, hopefully, DU can keep
it either archived or searchable. Look for it under today's postings and maybe we can 'greatest page' it too, who knows.
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:24 PM
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7. Thank you for this -- recommended!
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Tom Rinaldo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 03:42 PM
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8. A Kick for all Fighting Dems! n/t
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 03:46 PM
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9. and another fighting Dem kick.
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Tom Rinaldo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 08:53 PM
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10. Any idea who this blogger is talking about here:
Regarding Democrats who may come help out in this Murphy's district: "I already had heard of potential names being raised, but I could not disclose some of them (and I believe I still can't mention a couple of them)."

That has me curious though happy. I mean Bill Clinton is already planning to be there. By the way I am NOT asking anyone to make a public leak, lol. Those who know should keep quiet, and those who don't can blab away.
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madmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 09:23 AM
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12. Can we do a follow the money?
Who's paying for the swiftboating?
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 12:15 PM
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13. Yep, you're a lot more than a blogger. Keep it up n/t
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