Funny, I don't think 3,000 people gave their lives on September 11 for the Republican party. Dewine should either take the ad down, or Democrats should run ads asking Dewine where Osama bin Laden is.

Using vivid images of smoke pouring from one of the towers of the World Trade Center, Republican Sen. Mike DeWine unleashed a commercial yesterday that charges Democratic challenger Sherrod Brown with casting votes in Congress that could have weakened America’s response to terrorism.

The TV commercial, which also flashed images of the 19 hijackers who took part in the Sept. 11 attack, is an apparent effort by the DeWine campaign to jar Ohio voters into remembering the terrorist attack in New York and suburban Washington and to convince them that the senator will support tougher anti-terrorism measures than Brown, a congressman from Avon.


Interestingly, just yesterday the Republicans were freaking out because Democrats were supposedly abusing the suffering of Americans in the war on terror because a Democratic ad showed photos of the flag-draped coffins to show an example of the "wrong direction" our country was head in. Let me share a little of what the Republicans said just yesterday about the kind of advertising they're now using in the Senate races:

National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Tom Reynolds (R-NY): "It makes my stomach turn to see national Democrats so blatantly exploit the sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces." (Jonathan E. Kaplan, "Reynolds Calls On Dems To Apologize For Web Ad," The Hill, 7/13/06)

Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY) Labels DCCC Ad "The Most Tasteless Gesture [He Had] Seen In [His] Time In Politics." Rep. Davis: "Well, frankly, I think this is the most tasteless gesture I've seen in my time in politics. And I have to say this, this issue is not about whether we have honest disagreements on policy and the war, on foreign policy, that's what our republic is about, debate. However, this completely dishonors those who have served." (Fox News' "Fox And Friends," 7/13/06)

Rep. Davis: "To show those images in a time of war, does have a morale effect. It certainly is something that our enemies are watching as well. I think we need to focus the debate on policy and not using the bodies of our soldiers as human shields to try to advance a political agenda that doesn't serve them." (Fox News' "Fox And Friends," 7/13/06)

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX): "The families of the fallen heroes of the War on Terror deserve our utmost respect and compassion. They do not deserve to see the deaths of loved ones exploited by Rep. Emanuel and the DCCC." (Robert B. Bluey, "GOP Seeks To Capitalize On Democrats' Coffin Ad," Human Events, 7/12/06)

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX): "The insensitivity of the Democrats to the families of the fallen troops is disrespectful, and the fact that they are using this as a way to somehow raise money is more than disturbing. A huge apology to the troops and their families is owed by everyone involved in this travesty." (Robert B. Bluey, "GOP Seeks To Capitalize On Democrats' Coffin Ad," Human Events, 7/12/06)


So, to Republicans, Americans troops deserve our utmost respect, but the nearly 3,000 Americans who died on September do not deserve our utmost respect.

Got it. Some enterprising reporters need to throw these quotes back at these Republican members of Congress and ask them to explain the difference.

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