Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Does this woman ever tell the truth? Congresswoman Schmidt is still denying that she personally attacked Rep. Murtha on the floor of the House last Friday despite video footage to the contrary (which has been replayed all over the news). Now Schmidt is saying that the media is responsible for the impression that she called Rep. Murtha a coward. Here is her newest denial: "I was not implying that he was a coward. The media wants to make me sound like that, but in no way did I imply he was a coward."
Here is what she actually said on the House floor: "He (Rep. Bupb) also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message: That cowards cut and run, Marines never do." Rep. Bupb denies he ever said Murtha's name -- it is all Schmidt.
This is funny. Here is a quote from Schmidt's first ever speech on the House floor from Sept. 6, 2005: "However, here today I accept a second oath. I pledge to walk in the shoes of my colleagues and refrain from name-calling or the questioning of character. It is easy to quickly sink to the lowest form of political debate. Harsh words often lead to headlines, but walking this path is not a victimless crime. This great House pays the price."
Schmidt blames media for storm
By Jessica Wehrman
WASHINGTON Rep. Jean Schmidt says her comments Friday on the floor of the U.S. House have been misinterpreted and that she has been made a scapegoat by a media disappointed that Congress didn't vote to withdraw troops from Iraq.
Meanwhile, the Ohio state representative whom Schmidt quoted in the speech has issued a statement saying he was misquoted.
In her first public comments since the controversial speech, Schmidt said the spotlight has focused on her remarks rather than on the 403-3 vote against a resolution that called for the immediate removal of troops from Iraq.
"I have become the lightning rod because they don't like the message," said Schmidt, R-Loveland, who was elected to Congress in an August special election.
"Had the vote been closer, or had it gone down, they would not be talking about me, they would be talking about Congress being less than enthusiastic about this war. We had Democrats and Republicans alike pressing that button, saying basically, 'Don't pull out,' " she said.
Since her floor speech, Schmidt has been lampooned on Saturday Night Live, profiled in The New York Times and become the darling of blogs quick to canonize or demonize her.
The fire storm began Friday evening when she spoke against the troop withdrawal resolution. In the speech, she cited a conversation she'd had with Danny Bubp, a Republican state representative from Adams County and a Marine Corps Reserve colonel.
The resolution, originally introduced by U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., had been revamped and brought to the floor by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.
"(Bubp) asked me to send Congress a message: Stay the course," Schmidt said. "He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message: That cowards cut and run, Marines never do."
The comments were met with boos and shouts in the chamber. Shortly thereafter, Schmidt withdrew her words, and later Friday the House rejected the resolution.
Schmidt said she jotted down notes during a conversation with Bubp before her floor speech. (read more)
Posted by Dave Splash