The Tom Harkin Absolute Moral Authority Card

posted at 10:55 am on October 2, 2007 by Bryan

We promised it last night, and here it is: The Official Tom Harkin Absolute Moral Authority Card.

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Sen. Harkin has certainly earned it.

Check out the Absolute Moral Authority Card Archive here.

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Wow. That’s just about as good as the Cynthia McKinney race card.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 2, 2007 at 11:03 AM

Don’t judge Harkin until you’ve flown a mile in his fighter jet.

You leave Tom Harkin alone!

saint kansas on October 2, 2007 at 11:04 AM

Don’t judge Harkin until you’ve flown piloted a mile in his fighter jet ferry.

You leave Tom Harkin alone!

saint kansas on October 2, 2007 at 11:04 AM

Fixed it for you. (WTF is a ferry pilot anyway?)

lan astaslem on October 2, 2007 at 11:08 AM

How’s this for moral authority

Tom Harkin and John Kerry meeting with Communist Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega in the 80s against the wishes of the White House.

CP on October 2, 2007 at 11:09 AM

Excellent find CP!

Who’s that chick giving goo-goo eyes to Danny?

Brat on October 2, 2007 at 11:15 AM

(WTF is a ferry pilot anyway?)

Sparkly flightsuit, twinkly wand, wide stance, much tapping in airport restrooms. (Usually spelled ‘fairy’ pilot)

heldmyw on October 2, 2007 at 11:17 AM

One more time for those just tuning in. Vote against all incumbents in the next election. Regardless of party let’s clean out Washington and get some fresh blood in there instead of these senile, AARP charter members. We need folks who can address the issues facing America in the 21st century. What worked in the 20th century doesn’t work now.
Businesses change their business models all the time to remain competitive and our political leaders need to do the same.
They need to quit being afraid to revamp Social Security, and the tax code. We need people who recognize the dangers of uncontrolled illegal immigration and getting in bed with folks who end their speeches with “Death to America”.

LakeRuins on October 2, 2007 at 11:18 AM

What’s the deal with Iowa? I’ve always pictured it as a slice of small town Americana….white picket fences and flags flying from front porches.

I can’t figure out how some toad like Harkin can get a vote in a place like that.

Asher on October 2, 2007 at 11:19 AM

Asher on October 2, 2007 at 11:19 AM

Can you say U-N-I-O-N-S and huge pork barrel projects for the farmers.
I ain’t against farmers, hell I wish we had more, but Harkin manages to buy votes just like every other congress critter.

LakeRuins on October 2, 2007 at 11:21 AM

Tom Harkin’s email link

WASHINGTON OFFICE
731 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-3254 Phone
(202) 224-9369 Fax
(202) 224-4633 TDD

Topsecretk9 on October 2, 2007 at 11:24 AM

tommy larking …the fake soldier…go figure…

areseaoh on October 2, 2007 at 11:30 AM

The dems use him for just this reason…they do the same with Murtha…they know they are crooks and liars and they give them cover.

tomas on October 2, 2007 at 11:32 AM

Can you say U-N-I-O-N-S and huge pork barrel projects for the farmers

True…in many cases the small family farm lives and dies based on taxpayer subsidies. I have farmers in my family that live their lives as conservatives…in many ways much more so than I. But they’ll never vote for a Republican, because they will “just take away all the money for farms”.

It’s mind-boggling.

Asher on October 2, 2007 at 11:35 AM

(WTF is a ferry pilot anyway?)

Don’t ask, don’t tell…..

Seriously, to have Harkin getting up there and acting morally indignant over the issue of “phony soldiers” is as offensive as Teddy Kennedy lecturing Larry Craig about the need for personal accountability, putting William Jefferson in charge of the House Ethics Committee, or getting beauty tips from Helen Thomas!

highhopes on October 2, 2007 at 11:37 AM

It’s bad enough to impugn someone over a comment one did not analyze in context but it’s another thing altogether to deride someone over a physical impairment (i.e. drug addiction).

That’s really low.

That’s really Democrat.

drjohn on October 2, 2007 at 11:41 AM

heldmyw on October 2, 2007 at 11:17 AM
highhopes on October 2, 2007 at 11:37 AM

Ha!!

Seriously — I just keep thinking about this, and I can’t decide on the answer. Do the Dhimmicraps:
1) Really think it is a good idea to trot Harkin out to denounce Rush on his “smear” of the troops, or
2) Think that everyone in America is so stupid that we won’t see the irony and understand the truth?

Either one is depressing as hell, to be honest. The first means that they don’t have a working brain between all of them. The second means that they don’t think we have a collective working brain out here on the outside. Of course, that would explain much of the nanny-state policies they spew on a regular basis.

lan astaslem on October 2, 2007 at 11:46 AM

Harkin and his wormy gaggle of leftist buddies must be living in some parallel universe where truth, honesty and verifiable reality simply don’t exist.

rplat on October 2, 2007 at 12:05 PM

WTF is a ferry pilot anyway?

The aircraft have to get where they’re needed, so someone has to “ferry” (fly) them there.

Harkin deserves all the flack he’s gotten, but I’m a little disturbed by the posters dissing the position. There are people in uniform doing that job today. Though it may not be a high-profile job, its a job that needs to be done. Those people wearing the uniform and doing the job have my respect and thanks.

taznar on October 2, 2007 at 12:09 PM

taznar on October 2, 2007 at 12:09 PM

I agree with your sentiment. For Harkin to embellish(okay, lie) about his service record, because he is less than proud to admit what he really did as a pilot, draws attention to it regardless of the nobility of said service. The upside to all this and other issues that are beginning to be scrutinized, is that all of our politicians are realizing that they are being watched from multiple directions. Future politicians will not be able to get away with hypocrisy and political pandering to the extent past politicians have. Bring on a new generation of ethical, sincere statesmen, where scrutiny will be less justified.

captivated_dem on October 2, 2007 at 12:27 PM

A ferry pilot is more than a military designation. The Staten Island Ferry has a pilot that guides the boats between Staten Island and Manhattan and back. I’m sure other ferry systems in the US have pilots for their ferries.

As for this weasel – oops, sorry, I didn’t mean to insult weasels – grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Mommynator on October 2, 2007 at 12:34 PM

taznar on October 2, 2007 at 12:09 PM

Thanks for clearing that up. My bad. And my sincere apologies if I offended anyone. I firmly believe that anyone who serves in our armed forces in any capacity is worty of our thanks and respect. But when they start to lie about their service (because they want to look bigger, better, whatever reason), the respect goes out the window. There are men and women who perform difficult tasks every day who feel no need to make themselves into something they are not. They will always have my respect.

lan astaslem on October 2, 2007 at 12:36 PM

(WTF is a ferry pilot anyway?)

lan astaslem on October 2, 2007 at 11:08 AM

John Edwards?

Wade on October 2, 2007 at 12:37 PM

John Edwards?

Wade on October 2, 2007 at 12:37 PM

Heh!

SouthernGent on October 2, 2007 at 12:41 PM

Harkin is one of the biggest assholes in the Democrat party. Sometimes I wish the terrorists would bomb the Capital and wipe some of them out (Teddy, Kerry, Reid, and some RINOS too).

Should Harkin be condemning those who haven’t worn the uniform? Doesn’t that exclude 90% of their anti-war lunatics.

Mustafa Hemmroid on October 2, 2007 at 12:55 PM

I just emailed Harkin and told his staff reader he is a lying turd.

Mustafa Hemmroid on October 2, 2007 at 1:02 PM

I’m a little disturbed by the posters dissing the position. There are people in uniform doing that job today. Though it may not be a high-profile job, its a job that needs to be done. Those people wearing the uniform and doing the job have my respect and thanks.

You sound a bit overly sensitive if you think anybody here has been “dissing” the troops or the function of ferrying planes. Truth be told, the person dissing the troops was Harkin for not being proud enough of his actual service that he made claims of flying fighters over North Vietnam instead of ferrying planes from Japan to the P.I.

Yes, ferrying planes is a job that needs to be done along with countless other military jobs that aren’t sexy or exciting. That doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun when a hypocritical fraud like Harkin gets up there and claims to speak for the military. As a member of the latter organization I am deeply offended that Harkin dares claim speak on my behalf. The troops deserve far better a spokesman than that.

highhopes on October 2, 2007 at 1:20 PM

Should Harkin be condemning those who haven’t worn the uniform? Doesn’t that exclude 90% of their anti-war lunatics.

Not to mention every single Democrat presidential wannabe candidate. Taking this line of thought to the logical conclusion, how can Hillary Clinton or Barak Obama lead the nation as CINC when they’ve never worn a uniform?

highhopes on October 2, 2007 at 1:24 PM

WTF is a ferry pilot anyway?)

lan astaslem on October 2, 2007 at 11:08 AM

It’s what “Will and Grace” was before it got picked up by a major network.

Buckley F. Williams on October 2, 2007 at 2:01 PM

Mustafa Hemmroid on October 2, 2007 at 1:02 PM

Seriously?!

lan astaslem on October 2, 2007 at 2:31 PM

Nothing wrong (that I’ve heard so far) with Harkin’s actual service record–except apparently in his own mind, prompting him to tell big fat lies about it several times, and get caught several times. Lying piece of crap. Steal any valor today, Tom?

ReubenJCogburn on October 2, 2007 at 2:58 PM

Any honor bestowed on Sen.Harkin in the history books is now and will be forever suspect because of his distortion of his military record. I see no difference between Harkin and John Kerry. Many thanks to whomever remembered this story or was just smart enough to dig it up. If you’ll lie about your military record, you’ll put a lie to just about anything.

24K lady on October 2, 2007 at 3:20 PM

Harkin’s DC phone line is perpetually busy but I thank you for the information, Topsecretk9.

That means two things: he’s being swamped with criticism as well he should be and deserves, or, his phone’s off the hook. Or probably, both.

S on October 2, 2007 at 3:24 PM

Well, I got through. I told Harkin’s office that his remarks yesterday as also his use of the Senate floor to make them were “utterly disrespectable” and that I could not communicate to what degree I disrespect Harkin for having made them. I also said I feel the same way about the similar comments by Harry Reid, and that because of these comments by both, I question their states of mind, their mental capacity.

I have no idea if Harkin will get the message. Or, if he does, that it won’t say I called to congratulate him, either in Harkin’s perceptions or perhaps “garbled in transmission.” Probably both.

S on October 2, 2007 at 4:17 PM

I see no difference between Harkin and John Kerry.

The difference, as I see it, is that Harkin actually didn’t come back, put on his grubbiest uniform pieces and tell a Senate panel that he had seen American troops commit atrocities. Beyond that both built their military credentials on lies be it Christmas in Cambodia on unauthorized missions or pretending that the Japan to P.I. route was “flying fighters in combat over North Vietnam.”

highhopes on October 2, 2007 at 4:36 PM

I have no idea if Harkin will get the message

.

He won’t. The whole reason for minimum wage staffers is to protect politicians from actually having to listen to people like you and me. Assuming, of course, that you didn’t contribute large amounts of money to Harkin’s campaign. Which if you had you’d get the super secret number to a higher-level staffer who would ensure that Harkin knows your feelings on the matter.

highhopes on October 2, 2007 at 4:42 PM

Unfortunately, the card is unsuitable for use as a toilet paper replacement.

georgej on October 2, 2007 at 6:16 PM

“Tom Harkin and John Kerry meeting with Communist Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega in the 80s against the wishes of the White House.”

“Barely three months after being sworn as a senator, Kerry made his mark, and he made it big, as one of the leading opponents of President Reagan’s effort to defeat Soviet-sponsored revolutionaries in the American hemisphere.

The junior senator stopped at nothing: working with the nation’s sworn ideological enemies, making damaging, distorted and often baseless allegations about U.S. covert operations, accusing his own government of sponsoring terrorism, and even damaging an FBI operation against a Colombian cocaine cartel.

That April 1985 journey to Nicaragua would become a trademark of the Kerry school of statecraft: making common cause with enemies of the United States — and allowing himself to be used by them — in order to win political battles at home.”

[J. Michael Waller, "Kerry used enemy to win battle at home: Pact with communist Sandinistas 'trademark' of his statecraft," 5/18/2004, http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=38529

Here's what Ann Coulter wrote about Harkin/Kerry's visits.

Democrat Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and John Kerry Mass.) flew to Managua to meet with Ortega and returned claiming he was “a misunderstood democrat rather than a Marxist autocrat.” [Treason, p 175]

When Coulter wrote this book, she obviously believe that the Democrats would operate true to form in the war on terror.

The general theme of the Democratic opposition to aiding the Contras was to keep prattling about Vietnam. They wistfully longed for a Democratic president who could lose wars for America. Any aid granted the Contras was treated as the functional equivalent of putting American boys in “body bags.” [Treason, p 176]

georgej on October 2, 2007 at 6:35 PM

Ferry pilots have a tough gig. Jockeying a barely air-worthy bird, over long distances of blue water, takes serious nerve. Given the superiority of our aircraft and dogfight training, it might be more hazardous than combat flights in a fully-mission-capable aircraft.

But fighter jocks are touchy critters, and if you aren’t “fighting”, you aren’t …. . Harkin had nothing to be ashamed about for his service. To embellish it as he did is juvenile, sophomoric, and dishonorable.

But that’s nothing to misrepresenting someone else’s words as though THEY weren’t supporting the military, when 20 years of evidence to the contrary is public knowledge, and your own recent record is aligned with the cut-and-run cowards.

The liberal politicians know that they can count on the media to keep the story framed to their satisfaction, and only those willing to investigate will know the truth, so they don’t worry too much if a few of us know how despicable they are. They are confident of the more general ignorance of their target audience.

In other news, an federal judge refused to block the defamation suit against John Murtha for his anti-military slander regarding the Haditha incident.

Freelancer on October 3, 2007 at 2:13 AM