Monday, May 26, 2008

Kanjorski: Gaffe of the Year

Today I got my first visitor from the following: Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh Municipality

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Democrat Congressman Paul Kanjorski assuring two of his constituents that a Democratic Congress will ensure that they live forever.

The column beneath this one talks about Rep. Paul Kanjorski, a Democrat who represents (loosely speaking) Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area). He the Democrats -- collectively -- lied to the American public about ending the Iraq War.

Kanjorski (not the sharpest knife in the silverware drawer) said the following about the Democrats 2006 election strategy:"I'll tell you my impression. We really in this last election, when I say we...the Democrats, I think pushed it as far as we can to the end of the fleet, didn't say it, but we implied it. That if we won the Congressional elections, we could stop the war. Now anybody was a good student of Government would know that wasn't true. But you know, the temptation to want to win back the Congress, we sort of stretched the facts...and people ate it up."

Should Rep. Kanjorski's Republican opponent, Lou Barletta (Mayor of Hazleton) use this against Kanjorski? Goodness yes! Barletta should memorize Kanjorski's words and utter them at least five times a day.Should other Pennsylvania Republicans challenging Democrat incumbents use the Kanjorski remarks against their opponents? Absolutely.

Remember, Kanjorski isn't just talking about himself. He notes that when he refers to "we . . . the Democrats" who implied that electing them would end the war. It wouldn't, of course, and it didn't. Pennsylvania Republican candidates should regularly call attention to Kanjorski's remarks. So should GOP candidates in every section of the country. They should point out that Democrats across the nation were lying to their constituents. As authority for that charge, we should point to Rep. Kanjorski.

If ending the Iraq War means fleeing in abject ignominy, which is exactly what the Democrats mean by "setting a timetable," then there probablfy would be a disaster. Mass murder might break out in Iraq. Al Qaeda would re-assert its power -- and use Iraq as a training base for terrorists to strike and kill Americans, as well as every Muslim that isn't a fanatic.

Because much of the world's oil comes from Iraq and its neighbors, there could be a real calamity for the U.S. If the oil flow dries up, the American economy could collapse.

What would the Democrats' strategy be if such disasters occurred. Barack Obama has said that he would reserve the right "to re-invade Iraq." Well Barack, good luck. I assume Obama's fall-back position would be to blame everything on "George Bush," the Democrats' favorite whipping boy.

As I've said before, Paul Kanjorski, one of the corrupts politicians that Pennsylvania breeds with entirely too much frequency, told the unvarnished truth, perhaps for the first time in his political life. Republican candidates should take that "inconvenient truth" and rub their opponents' noses in it.


Christopher said...

I'm actually supporting Paul Kanjorski, just for the fact that I hate Lou Barletta. At least he had a rare moment of honesty.

When I visit left wing blogs, many of them can't stand Pelosi and Co. because if they wanted to end this war they could. Instead they have allowed President Bush (not that I'm complaining) to have more troops on the ground then before the 06 sweep.

The congress can stop all funding but they have chosen not to, because they know deep down that the Obama-type legacy in Iraq will harm America for decades in the Middle East.

Stephen R. Maloney said...

Christopher, I'm not a major fan of Lou Barletta. I'm even less of a fan of Paul Kanjorski. Your comments are excellent, as usual. I sent an e-mail a few minutes ago to Ted Mol about how an Obama presidency would put Israel in a great deal of danger. To get a glimpse into Obama's "stupid side," I recomment everyone read Jack Kelly's column last Sunday. It's available at: He points out that what Obama says about JFK, FDR, and RWR (Reagan) "talking to our enemies" is ridiculous. Very worth reading. Thanks for visiting, Christopher.

steve maloney