Rep. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) is challenging Sen. Max Cleland (D-GA) for his seat in the Senate.
Taking the “Dubya-A-R” page in the Republican playbook, the Chambliss campaign ran this attack ad starting on Thursday.
How low will the Republicans go? Question the devotion to country and patriotism of Max Cleland? That’s just nuts.
Max Cleland served in Vietnam, chronicaling the Tet Offensive with a home video camera. At Khe Sanh, the day the seige broke, Max was getting off a helicopter. Another soldier behind him dropped a live grenage that fell to the ground at the same time Max hit the ground. When he saw the grenade, he assumed it had fallen off his vest - and assumed the pin was still in it. It wasn’t. He reached down to pick it up, and:
Max Cleland gave an arm and two legs to defend this country. He has served in public life ever since returning home and rehabilitating.
Max Cleland supported the creation of the Department of Homeland Defense back in November, when Bush was happy with his powerless and ineffective Homeland Security Office.
The 11 votes referencing the Homeland Security effort were various proposed amendments to the pending bill.
Placing images of Saddam Hussein and OBL go beyond any reasonable campaign issue. Such actions are disgusting and smack of desperation.
Did the Republican strategists forget to tell Chambliss that the “war card” doesn’t apply against an incumbent war hero? Or could it be some political payback since the Repulicans have identified Max Cleland as the most critical vote in the Homeland Security bill?