Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Sen. Harkin, Have You No Shame?

In response to the Media Matters-inspired "dustup" over Rush Limbaugh's "phony soldier" comment, Sen. Tom Harkin took to the Senate floor, and said "Maybe he was just high on his drugs again. I don’t know whether he was or not. If so, he ought to let us know. But that shouldn’t be an excuse." As a person who has been addicted to drugs, I am outraged. To use a federally-sanctioned (and subsidized) "handicap" as a slur demeans the office he holds, and the floor he spoke on.

Would he be able to get away with saying that "Rush is back on crutches again?" Or how about "that disease must be getting to his brain, again?" Would the "honorable" Senator Harkin deign to use that phrase against a political pundit? The Senate needs to censure Harkin, for citing Mr. Limbaugh's addiction in the lowest, most offensive type of personal attack.

Harkin's comments, and the whole ginned-up controversy are covered over at Michelle I don't even want to explore how off-base the whole campaign over this is here. I just want everyone to know that for Sen. Harkin, partisanship comes before any "liberal" sympathy for drug addicted people.

At least Sen. Kerry had the brains to keep his mouth shut on this one, though it's difficult to see even him sinking as low as Harkin did on the Senate floor. I say again, Harkin needs to be censured, especially by Senators that profess to be "progressive." If they want "progress," this kind of slur must be eradicated from their vocabulary, especially on the floor of the Senate.

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