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February 04, 2005

Purple fingers

There's also criticism from various parts about the Congressmen who colored their fingers as a sign of solidarity with the Iraqis. When I saw it I didn't think anything of it and saw it as it was intended: as a salute to the brave voters of Iraq. But David Shuster of MSNBC said, “The members of Congress who stained their own fingers and wagged them proudly for the cameras were an affront to that courage.  And in my eyes, those lawmakers diminished the true significance of what happened last weekend in Iraq.” Okay, I can sorta see his point, but the real criteria would be how the Iraqi people interpret such a gesture, wouldn't it?

But leave it to one of the hoots...I mean hosts...from AirAmerica to go way, way over the top. Janeane Garofalo who hosts a show on the failing radio network likened the display to the Nazi salute during MSNBC's “After Hours” program.

“The inked fingers and the position of them, which is gonna be a ‘Daily Show’ photo already, of them signaling in this manner [does the Nazi salute], as if they have solidarity with the Iraqis who braved physical threats against their lives to vote as if somehow these inked-fingered Republicans have something to do with that.”

So if Republicans show solidarity with the Iraqi people, they're really trying to take credit for what they did? What kind of twisted logic is that? I guess after being proven wrong on so many things, Liberals have to find something to whine about.

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 4, 2005 09:46 AM

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