I think those of us who are progressive/left of center need better spokespeople.
Listening to Larry King tonight, I'm disappointed in those who are speaking up in support of the Jersey Girls.
Of course I agree with them.
But they are not making some of the arguments that need to be made.
- They failed to note that not one of the Jersey Girls has tried to prevent Ann Coulter from responding to them. Conservative David Horowitz is on there basically making the same point Ann Coulter has: that the Jersey Girls have used their grief to make a political point and prevent anyone from responding.
But I did not hear Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) or the others on the panel say that no one has tried to preclude Coulter from responding.
- And when Horowitz and the other right-wingers on the panel talk about the Jersey Girls cutting ads for John Kerry, not once did any of the panelists on the left step up to say that the Republicans put up their own widows (i.e. Deena Burnett) to go out there and support Bush and the Iraq war. They failed to mention Deena Burnett's appearance at a "You Don't Speak For Me, Cindy" rally in Crawford, Texas, invoking her husband's name by saying he would have supported the Iraq war. They failed to mention that she spoke at the 2004 Republican Convention.
Nor did they mention Bush trotting out Tammy Pruett, a mother with 4 sons serving in Iraq, to be the anti-Cindy Sheehan. And of course they failed to mention that the most vocal of the Jersey Girls, Kristen Breitweiser, is actually a Republican who voted for Bush in 2000.
They just aren't making the arguments that need to be made. I'm really disappointed.
It was really disheartening to watch. I amost felt like the girlfriend waiting expectantly for her boyfriend to propose, and feeling let down when it doesn't happen.
The supporters of the Jersey Girls really missed some opportunities tonight to factually correct the record for Ann Coulter.