Tuesday, November 22, 2005


Completely Full of Schmidt

This is a complete embarassment.

Not even Colonel Danny Bubp, Rep. Jean Schmidt's stalking horse against John Murtha is willing to defend her comments on the House floor. This has got to be the worst use of a freshman member of Congress since the Democrats pushed Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky to cast a career-killing vote back in '93.

At least Margolies-Mezvinsky's action was pushed on her by the White House and the House leadership. She didn't go out of her way to make a fool of herself twice -- on the floor and then later in trying to backtrack from her on statements.

A Wired
article on experimental pain-management techniques for the war-wounded gives a little bit more insight Murtha's many admirable qualities:

This new war on pain is the brainchild of John Chiles, the Army's chief anesthesiologist. "Places like Duke were doing great things with peripheral nerve blocks, but they had fallen by the wayside in the Army," he says. "I wanted us to be on the cusp of these advances." The Walter Reed program is supported by grants from the Murtha Neuroscience and Pain Institute, founded by the US representative from Pennsylvania. John Murtha, who was wounded in combat in Vietnam, visits the troops once a week at Walter Reed.
(Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan)

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