Mark Udall's Anti-Rush Limbaugh Resolution Fails To Appear; Update: Introduced Late Monday Night
Looks like Mark Udall finally followed through on his promise to introduce a resolution condemning Rush Limbaugh:
U.S. Rep. Mark Udall offered legislation Monday condemning talk-show host Rush Limbaugh for remarks he made about "phony soldiers."This will make a nice campaign ad next year, as Udall's attempt to placate his left flank by politicizing the military in a cheap use of a phony smear only reveals his truly immoderate positions.
"Congress should make clear that Mr. Limbaugh's use of the term 'phony soldiers' is beneath contempt," Udall said.
Udall, an Eldorado Democrat [**right next to Boulder, ed.], challenged comments Limbaugh made last week when he took a call from a listener who complained that Iraq War critics "never talk to real soldiers.
"They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and spout to the media," the caller said in a transcript posted on Limbaugh's website.
"The phony soldiers," Limbaugh responded.
Limbaugh has since said that he was referring to one soldier convicted of lying about serving in Iraq.
He mentioned Udall on the air Monday in saying that "we can sit and hope that they do" offer a condemnation. "We can sit around and pray that they do, but they may have come to their senses on this."
Udall's resolution, introduced Monday night, says that Congress condemns "the personal attacks made by the broadcaster Rush impugning the integrity and professionalism of Americans serving in the Armed Forces."
There were 19 co-sponsors Monday night. None were from Colorado.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., asked other senators to sign a letter of censure.
The only thing "beneath contempt" is the political grandstanding by Udall and other Democrats based on a debunked "scandal".
As pointed out over at Schaffer v Udall, is the would-be Senator simply groveling to the MoveOn crowd and throwing them a bone--and thus moving further to the left and out of Ken Salazar and Bill Ritter's "middle-of-the-road" moderate Democrat positioning, while not actually enjoying any accolades (indeed being criticized and opposed for his "meaningless resolution") from his supposed supporters?
The "phantom resolution" fails to show--costing Udall his treasured MoveOn constituency (though not all on Colorado's left were impressed), and Ben DeGrow notes the effect the proposed legislation would have on Udall's credibility.
Not a peep from Colorado's left.
But that's ok. There's always Sen. Harry Reid to question Rush Limbaugh's patriotism, or another Senate blowhard Tom Harkin with more personal attacks.