In Illinois, Empty Conservative Catch-Phrase "Cut And Run" Takes On Much Different Meaning
During a recent debate, Peter Roskam, the Republican candidate for Illinois's sixth district, trotted out the familiar line that his Democratic opponent wanted America to "cut and run" from Iraq.
His opponent, Tammy Duckworth, a former National Guard pilot who lost both her legs in Iraq last year when her helicopter was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade, was visibly angry at the exchange.
"I just could not believe he would say that to me," said Duckworth, who now walks on artificial legs with the help of a cane. "I have risked my life to serve my country and you cannot question my patriotism."
It could have been worse. One joke supposedly making the rounds among some Roskam supporters was that Duckworth supporters were being silly -- it wasn't like Roskam said Duckworth favored "cut and roll." Get it? Isn't that hilarious? Someone call Ann Coulter.
But of course, Roskam's use of "cut and run" is just empty conservative spin.
"I am sick and tired of the Republicans saying 'Either you agree with us on national security or you are not patriotic'," said Duckworth, who like many Democrats recommends a "phased redeployment" of US troops in Iraq -- similar to a proposal advocated by our top man in Iraq, Gen. George Casey. "It is total baloney – in fact I have a better army word, but I can't use it. We must never forget that it is patriotic and it is American to question people in power."