Max Cleland and a number of his fellow Democrats are clearly still obsessing over the ad run six years ago that dared pointed out Cleland’s refusal, in the immediate aftermath of September 11, 2001, to vote for new homeland security measures proposed by the Bush administration.
Cleland – who appeared to lose his mind after convincing himself that his patriotism had been left in tatters after a single :30 campaign ad – clearly believes that attacks on service and patriotism are just fine if conducted by his side of the aisle (or out of his own quest for revenge), as he used the opportunity of a Friday conference call with the media to accuse Saxby Chambliss of “dodging” service in Vietnam, and of being a “chicken hawk.” According to AP reporter Ben Evans:
Former Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia called Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss a “chicken hawk” Friday and accused him of dodging service in Vietnam while Democratic challenger Jim Martin served a tour in the Army.
Cleland, who lost his seat to Chambliss in 2002, offered no evidence that Chambliss inappropriately avoided service.
Speaking of obsessing about a six-year-old campaign ad, the DSCC sent an email to supporters two weeks ago, entitled “This One’s for Max,” which said the following:
I have never forgotten Saxby Chambliss’ revolting and repulsive hit piece equating Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein to triple-amputee war hero Max Cleland in 2002. [Ed: The ad, of course, did no such thing; click this link and watch it for yourself to see how absurd and dishonest this repeated claim is.]
This year, we have a real chance to make Chambliss feel the sting of defeat, but only if thousands of us act in the next 12 hours. The latest polls show Democrat Jim Martin within two points, so the DSCC is adding a 12th battleground state and making a major new investment to win Georgia. This is a brand-new, enormous opportunity and it brings us one step closer to that filibuster-proof majority.
Here’s a suggestion for Martin and the DSCC: Keep letting Cleland talk. Much like his soul mate Jack Murtha up in PA-12, they can only help themselves and their parties’ causes by doing so….right?