Tuesday, August 31


This is just disgusting:

Delegates to the Republican National Convention found a new way to take a jab at Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's Vietnam service record: by sporting adhesive bandages with small purple hearts on them.

Morton Blackwell, a prominent Virginia delegate, has been handing out the heart-covered bandages to delegates, who've worn them on their chins, cheeks, the backs of their hands and other places.

Blackwell is president of the Leadership Institute, a nonpartisan educational foundation he founded in 1979. According to its Web site, the institute prepares conservatives for success in politics, government and the news media.

Have these people no shame? I'd like to know just how many Repugs sporting bandaids mocking John Kerry's military service have any service credentials themselves.

I've googled him, but I can't find any reference to any military service of Morton Blackwell. In fact, he appears to have followed the GWB playbook of supporting the war while waging politics at home during his eligible military service years: "In youth politics, Mr. Blackwell was a College Republican state chairman and a Young Republican state chairman in Louisiana. He served on the Young Republican National Committee for more than a dozen years, rising to the position of Young Republican National Federation national vice chairman at large. Off and on for five years, 1965-1970, he worked as executive director of the College Republican National Committee under four consecutive College Republican national chairmen." No mention of any military service in his official bio.

Let's see how much news coverage this sickening display of the chickenhawks gets.


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