Monday, October 22, 2007

Stark Ain't Apologizing

Or, What Exactly Is Bush Laughing At?

UPDATE: Stark apologized.
UPDATE 2: Jane Hamsher salutes Nancy Pelosi for making poor Pete Stark bow his head. The salute was with one finger. Guess which one.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement Friday evening rebuking fellow San Francisco Bay-area Representative Pete Stark for comments he made about the President during a debate on children's health care Thursday.

Strak's statement is certainly strong political rhetoric. In the past Democrats have certainly apologized for less. Republicans have refused to apologize for more, so maybe we split the difference on this one.

Listen to what Stark said in full because as the update to this Mahablog post explains, there's some confusion

Stark's not apologizing no matter what Nancy Pelosi says. In fact he says that his critics should apologize and give children health care.

Certainly Stark asked for trouble by claiming President Bush is amused by sending soldiers to get their heads blown off. There's no proof of that. The President is always laughing, in that Beavis and Butthead way of his, but no one can substantiate what he's laughing at, so it was probably unwise for Stark to speculate.

Digby at Hullabaloo thinks that the right wing might be exaggerating their outrage a bit because they have the political equivalent of battered wife syndrome.

Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks has a message for Democrats--"Stop Apologizing".

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