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Memo to Coleen Rowley: Get Out of the Race

Tuesday, January 31, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Would-be Member of Congress Coleen Rowley admitted to the Star Tribune that she approved phot-shopping her opponent, 25 year veteran of the USMC and now sitting Congressman, Colonel John Kline, into a Nazi uniform:

Rowley had the photo removed from her website and took steps to apologize personally. She said an unpaid volunteer prepared the blog, and she approved it without making the Nazi connection.

Rather, she said she focused instead on the message that Kline, a retired Marine Corps colonel, was “incompetent” like Klink, a Nazi colonel easily fooled by his American prisoners in the TV series “Hogan’s Heroes.”

She goes with the “stupid” defense mixed in with the “just kidding” retreat. But like Dick Durbin and his analogizing the American military to Nazi, Soviet, and Khmer Rouge killers, the Democrats should simply embrace their inner anti-military impulse as Joel Stein did. (Perhaps can pick up some extra work ghosting for Rowley and the rest of the Defeatocrats, as his latest very lame column –with its buried refernce to his travails of the past week– suggests that the attention he received may result in a focus on the fact that humorists are supposed to be at least mildly amusing.)

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