“I’ve gone after al-Qaeda”

posted at 7:47 am on June 30, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Eric Egland has a few words for William Delahunt, who professed his happiness that al-Qaeda had an opportunity to see Cheney aide David Addington on television in a tense exchange during a Congressional hearing. The former major, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan fighting the terrorists that Delahunt cheered, doesn’t appreciate the attitude coming from an elected official — and thinks that the least Delahunt can offer is a public apology from the floor of Congress:

I’d say that Delahunt deserves censure from his colleagues regardless of whether he apologizes from the House or not. What would have occurred had a Congressman professed joy over exposing an American official to the Nazis in World War II, or to the Viet Cong in the Vietnam War? Delahunt seems to have confused his opponents with his enemies, which we might expect from the fringes of the blogosphere but not from the people elected to represent us in Washington, DC.

Eric is also pretty sure that no action will get taken at all without a lot of calls coming into Capitol Hill. Call 202-224-3121 and ask to speak to your Congressman’s office today and let them know how you feel about this.


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This is what the left has been reduced to. Cheering for the enemy, because of ideological and moral bankruptcy. Oops. I forgot, you have to have morals in the first place.

rightside on June 30, 2008 at 7:56 AM

I’d say that Delahunt deserves censure from his colleagues regardless of whether he apologizes from the House or not.

Right on. Not only him, but also the MSM for keeping silent on this.

Anita on June 30, 2008 at 7:58 AM

Delahunt seems to have confused his opponents with his enemies, which we might expect from the fringes of the blogosphere but not from the people elected to represent us in Washington, DC.

That was my exact thought when I saw this story. Has anyone done a search to see if Delahunt frequents Kos, HuffPo, or the like?

bikermailman on June 30, 2008 at 8:00 AM

I don’t care about an apology, it wouldn’t be sincere anyhow. I would like to see a statement from Pelosi and Hoyer and see what they have to say about it. Or to see the press even ask Pesoli about. I’d like to see the people in the 10th District of Mass. throw this guy out on his ass but I doubt any of those things will happen.

You can openly wish for the death of political opponent during House business and walk away unscathed as long as you have a (D) behind your name. Pathetic.

lowandslow on June 30, 2008 at 8:01 AM

He is counting on us to forget about this soon. Keep up the pressure until an apology is given.

RobCon on June 30, 2008 at 8:06 AM

Delahunt seems to have confused his opponents with his enemies

There’s your mistake. His enemies are Republicans and Conservatives in general. His friends are the Hugo Chavezs of the world. Former DA’s like Delahunt aren’t confused easily.

Delahunt says Obama will restore US image abroad

Delahunt said he was also influenced by Obama’s stated willingness – criticized by the Clinton campaign – to meet with rogue world leaders. Delahunt has met with President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, negotiating a deal for home heating oil for his constituents from a Latin American leader who once referred to President Bush as “the devil.”

TheBigOldDog on June 30, 2008 at 8:08 AM

If Delahunt was a Republican, we would have demanded that serious action be taken from the very moment this incident became public. Does the average Democrat have any boundaries that they will hold their elected officials to? Does the average Democrat have any form of “principled behavior” they will hold their people to?

The demand for a public apology (at the very least)should be coming from Democrats…

Keemo on June 30, 2008 at 8:09 AM

I can hear the apology in my mind now…”I am sorry if my words caused a knee-jerk reaction in a bunch of right-wing nuts. I am sorry that some people are just too stupid to know what I really meant.”

ynot4tony2 on June 30, 2008 at 8:12 AM

He deserves to be brought up on sedition charges.

SouthernGent on June 30, 2008 at 8:13 AM

Ya know,when a Republican makes a gaffe,or
even saying something thats not too bright,
Liberal Democrats want nothing but a resignation,
period,and between the Lefty MSM,and the Libs
they won’t let up until that Republican resign’s!

So,if we use the Liberal handbook,that Liberal
should resign,period!

canopfor on June 30, 2008 at 8:13 AM

The entire Republican delegation should take a page from the Dem handbook and take to the microphones on the capital steps to denounce Delahunt and call on Obama to join them in condemning his actions.

They won’t do it though. They believe in confronting foreign enemies and appeasing domestic ones. The Dems on the other hand appease foreign enemies and destroy domestic ones.

TheBigOldDog on June 30, 2008 at 8:15 AM

canopfor on June 30, 2008 at 8:13 AM

The Republicans have to lead the effort by banging the drums on the Capital steps. They can’t sit by and just expect it to happen. The Media is not going to do it for them. They have to throw a Dem style hissy fit if they want to see some results.

TheBigOldDog on June 30, 2008 at 8:17 AM

Oh,case in point,and resignation,remember the
soap opera over Newt Grinch,the Left demanded
him to resign!

After a few weeks,Newt said he’s becoming a
lightening rod for the party,and resigned,that’s
after the Libs and Lib MSM hounded him for those
few weeks!

canopfor on June 30, 2008 at 8:18 AM

If Delahunt was a Republican
Keemo on June 30, 2008 at 8:09 AM

There would have been nonstop media coverage, grandstanding by every democrat and republican in congress as to the horror of this and his resignation by the middle of this week. Then we the conservative base would lament losing another seat and digging our most despicable political party ever hole deeper but know in our hearts it was the right thing to do.

jmarcure on June 30, 2008 at 8:20 AM

we might expect from the fringes of the blogosphere

That’s pretty generous to only single out “the fringes”. This kind of wrathful confusion seems to be coming from the most popular regressive blogs constantly and the major media at times too.

forest on June 30, 2008 at 8:21 AM

There must be a lot of power being in the majority as it seems the Republican congress critters are hiding under their desks on this and most other issues where confrontation is called for.

Delahunt got an e-mail and so will my congress chickens.

dhunter on June 30, 2008 at 8:28 AM

The Republicans..
TheBigOldDog on June 30,2008 at 8:17AM.

TheBigOldDog:Yup,I agree,the Lib MSM is going to spin
this,and run the story at 4 in the morning,
compared to airing a Republican,around the
clock for weeks!

Well,I highly doubt,that Republicans are
going to have a fit,thats not the way
Republicans do business,on the other hand
your right,Libs would have a fit!

canopfor on June 30, 2008 at 8:28 AM

If Delahunt was a Republican, we would have demanded that serious action be taken from the very moment this incident became public.

No, you’d have made excuses and accused critics of a lack of a sense of humor (Coulter et al).

Grow Fins on June 30, 2008 at 8:29 AM

Oh, and I do realize there’s a difference between Delahunt the political representative and Coulter the partisan hack, but the general point–the sanctimonious crowing about this from some of the same voices who doubtless gave the latter a pass–still stands.

Grow Fins on June 30, 2008 at 8:35 AM

I watched about 45 minutes of this on cspan yesterday, including the exchange between Delehunt and Addington.

Every time i watch one of these things i wanna scream! My tax dollars being spent for those idiots to sit up there and compete over who can be the biggest smartass?? Cuz that’s what the dems were doing, of course. Nadler chaired the thing and he was a disgrace.

John Conyers and Keith Ellison were polite and respectful. Conyers even made a point of thanking the witnesses for coming, which seemed to produce an awkward silence, like the guy had passed gas or something.

Addington was tough, i was very impressed by how he handled himself.

There seemed to be only one republican present, from Iowa….he was out of the room when the exchange took place.

surrounded on June 30, 2008 at 8:39 AM

Jeez, I remember when Dick Armey was savaged by Democrats simply for referring to Bill Clinton as “your president.”

The entire hearing in which this exchange took place was a travesty, a Democrat Kangaroo Court of the highest order. Delahunt isn’t even on the Committee and wasn’t allowed to question anyone until Peter King got disgusted with the whole charade and left, and then Jerry Nadler violated House rules by allowing Delahunt to question David Addington. This is the kind of garbage Nancy Pelosi promised would not happen once the Democrats regained control of Congress. Is it any wonder this Congress has the lowest approval ratings of any in history?

rockmom on June 30, 2008 at 8:43 AM

Grow Fins on June 30, 2008 at 8:29 AM

History does not back you up here buddy… Study up if you want to be taken serious.

Keemo on June 30, 2008 at 8:48 AM

rockmom on June 30, 2008 at 8:43 AM

Yes, i guess King left when he got the message from the NC guy that he was gonna let Delehunt have his time. Then when they told Nadler he said something to the effect of “Well, if he doesn’t care enough to be here…”. But made the standard non-apology apology at the end of the proeeding.

King should not have left though.

surrounded on June 30, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Grow Fins on June 30, 2008 at 8:35 AM

I guess you missed the MANY conservatives who denounced Coulter’s words on more than one occasion. Google it.

bridgetown on June 30, 2008 at 9:01 AM

In 2010, the Massachusetts congressional delegation will shrink by 1, maybe 2 seats. Sen Kennedy will possibly in early (if you can call it that) retirement. Sen Kerry might get booted this election cycle. If not, he is too lazy to cause serious damage.

Is there anyone of them that doesn’t belong on a raft?

fluffy on June 30, 2008 at 9:13 AM

Ann Coulter is a writer and commentator. Ann Coulter is not an elected official. She does not get paid by the government. She is not making public policy. Understand the difference.

wryteacher on June 30, 2008 at 9:14 AM

What would have occurred had a Congressman professed joy over exposing an American official to the Nazis in World War II, or to the Viet Cong in the Vietnam War?

As a matter of decency and honor, his actions were shameful. You have to wonder if Delahunt wasn’t basically calling for Addington’s assassination.

As a practical security matter, what does this do? A Google Images search shows a ton of photos of Addington available. It’s not like this guy was a secret agent. If AQ was really after Addington, they’d already know what he looked like.

Outlander on June 30, 2008 at 9:15 AM

What is even worse, he lied about it, when it became a public issue. Being a smartass in Congressional hearings rarely goes unnoticed.

d1carter on June 30, 2008 at 9:16 AM

No, you’d have made excuses and accused critics of a lack of a sense of humor (Coulter et al).

Which of the posters here who have criticized Delahunt made apologies for Coulter?

If you don’t have any specifics – using the “you” doesn’t cut it – you’re just smearing everyone without any evidence.

Since you’re so vocal in criticizing Coulter-like smears and hyprocritical people with double standards, you wouldn’t want to engage in those same practices, would you?

Finally, is there any other topic you post on here other than accusing others of hyprocrisy?

This act is getting old fast. Try some new material, please.

SteveMG on June 30, 2008 at 9:23 AM

Is this the kind of America we want to leave our children? Chicago-style in-your-face politics of thuggery, threats, and ridicule?

Has Senator Obama commented on this yet, or does he agree with the thug in our comments section who thinks this is merely a case of Ann Coulter’s chickens coming home to roost?

There are lots of disturbing chill winds blowing in the democrat party. Careful how you navigate the next few months, America.

jeff_from_mpls on June 30, 2008 at 9:36 AM

Delahunt Baggadouche

dont taze me bro on June 30, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Hey — I just turned on my radio, Laura Ingraham is back on the air!

She’s on a tear, making up for lost time . I hope the Delahunt disgrace comes up.

jeff_from_mpls on June 30, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Good I’ve missed Laura. She and her talk radio buddies should keep DeLaHunt in the cross hairs.

Mojave Mark on June 30, 2008 at 9:48 AM

He deserves to be frogmarched out of the Capitol and summarily dismissed from his seat.

whitetop on June 30, 2008 at 9:48 AM

He deserves to be brought up on sedition charges.

SouthernGent on June 30, 2008 at 8:13 AM

he deserves to be drawn and quartered

urbancenturion on June 30, 2008 at 10:04 AM

Were did Delahunt pursue Al Qaeda, on an online dating site?

And that threesome between Delahunt, the goat and the sheik doesn’t appear to be a intelligence gathering operation.

NoDonkey on June 30, 2008 at 10:20 AM

King should not have left though.

surrounded on June 30, 2008 at 8:52 AM

I’m glad he left. I’m glad the country got to see my POS scumbag Representative share his true feeling with the country. I’m thrilled. Maybe now we’ll finally toss this pension stealing scumbag out on his fat Commie ass.

TheBigOldDog on June 30, 2008 at 10:24 AM

Why do you people take Liberal troll bait and allow them to make this about Coulter? No wonder we are losing the battle. We love to play the Liberal’s game by their rules. You’d think we were smarter than that.

TheBigOldDog on June 30, 2008 at 10:29 AM

I just called my congressman’s offcie and talked to a very nice person there (Tom McNerney) and added my name to the growing list of those seeking an apolgy from this traitor DeLahunt.

mustng66 on June 30, 2008 at 10:41 AM

“I apologize for being acuurately quoted; now shut up about this! I am a Liberal Fascist, and am not used to being held to account.” – DeLahunt

Lunkinator on June 30, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Brought to you by the most ethical Congress ever.

Just imagine if a Republican had said it…

glendower on June 30, 2008 at 11:30 AM

right….. and he supports the troops blah blah blah.

TOOL!

If anyone is running against this dim bulb, they should plaster these words everywhere in his district and get this a_s clown thrown out.

jdsmith0021 on June 30, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Why do you people take Liberal troll bait and allow them to make this about Coulter? No wonder we are losing the battle. We love to play the Liberal’s game by their rules. You’d think we were smarter than that.

TheBigOldDog on June 30, 2008 at 10:29 AM

Because it’s fun to hit a nice, clean one right between their eyes.

wryteacher on June 30, 2008 at 11:53 AM

As a practical security matter, what does this do? A Google Images search shows a ton of photos of Addington available. It’s not like this guy was a secret agent. If AQ was really after Addington, they’d already know what he looked like.

Outlander on June 30, 2008 at 9:15 AM

I think the issue is that is raises his profile.

Imagine that in the 50s, Robert Byrd was arguing with a federal civil rights official in Congress and said something like, “Well Mr Smith, I’m happy they (The Klan) can see you today.”

True, thanks to Bush the threat level from Islamists in the US is rather low – but I would not say the odds of more Islamist DC snipers, for example, is null.

18-1 on June 30, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Delahunt’s reaction was a more serious offense than the non-outing of the non-covert Valerie Plame.

obladioblada on June 30, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Delahunt’s reaction was a more serious offense than the non-outing of the non-covert Valerie Plame.

obladioblada on June 30, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Agreed, but…
…(wait for it)…

Life goes on.

misterpeasea on June 30, 2008 at 3:55 PM

misterpeasea: Life goes on.

Precisely. ;)

obladioblada on June 30, 2008 at 8:31 PM

I have emailed my congressional representative, Jason Altmire (D-PA), requesting he take the floor and call for censure. I doubt he will but there it is.

Zorro on June 30, 2008 at 9:13 PM