Video: Democrats still criticizing GOP Senate candidates for military service.

posted at 11:31 am on March 22, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

In case you were wondering precisely how desperate Senate Democrats are getting as they watch the poll numbers shift and the pages of the calendar fall away toward November, the answer would appear to be, “a lot.” You can argue the relative merits of policy and legislation all day long and nobody will bat an eye, but who on Earth thought it would be a good idea to criticize your opponent for serving their country in the military? Well, two examples come to mind from recent weeks. The first was Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) going after Tom Cotton.

There’s a disgusting pattern emerging of Democrats attacking Republican candidates’ records of service to the nation. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) recently complained that Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR), his general election opponent, has a “sense of entitlement” because of his military service.

“There’s a lot of people in the Senate that didn’t serve in the military,” Pryor, who never served and is the son of a politician, told NBC News. “I think it’s part of this sense of entitlement that he gives off is that almost as like ‘I served my country, therefore elect me to the Senate.’ That’s not how it works in Arkansas.”

A “sense of entitlement” for mentioning your service record? That takes some serious chutzpah. It had the Morning Joe crew shaking their heads in disbelief.

But that’s not the only case to feature. Another advertisement from a group backing Mark Begich (D-AK) went after Dan Sullivan, ostensibly for not being a “real Alaskan” because he lived in Maryland for a while. And what nefarious activity was Mr. Sullivan up to when the Democrats feel he should have been back home on the frontier?

Sullivan moved to Washington in 2002, not long after the 9/11 attacks, to work in an advisory role for the National Security Council and the State Department from 2006 to 2009. During this time, he and his family lived in Bethesda, Maryland, but still maintained their residency in Alaska.

It’s worth noting that Sullivan has served in the U.S. Marine Corps since 1993 and has been recalled to active duty on three separate occasions, the most recent of which was in July 2013, when he was deployed to Afghanistan. He also spent 17 months in working in Africa working as a strategic advisor to Gen. John Abizaid.

It’s good to see that the GOP isn’t going to let this one sail over the plate. The NRSC is out with a new ad called “Unacceptable” pointing out the disgusting nature of these attacks. Check it out:

I hope this is already on the air in the states in question. Let us know if you see it in your area.


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Let’s see…. A Soldier or a scumbag…..hmmnn….I think i’ll go with the Soldier every time.

VegasRick on March 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM

The Obama Party loathes the military and loathes military service.

Thus their unhinged partisans believe it’s an intelligent attack to denigrate someone else’s military service.

northdallasthirty on March 22, 2014 at 11:42 AM

OT

The temporary Russian-Ukrainian truce expired yesterday.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-22/russian-forces-storm-crimean-military-base-belbek-live-webcast

the Crimean airforce base of Belbek, remains undaunted by Russian demands to hand over the premises as the Russian ultimatum to surrender has expired, and moments ago wire services reported that shots were fired as Russian forces stormed the front gate of the Crimean outpost.

Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday. “As of March 21, less than 2,000 out of 18,000 Ukrainian servicemen staying on the territory of the Republic of Crimea decided to go to Ukraine,” the ministry said in a statement.

sharrukin on March 22, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Desperation is not an aphrodisiac.

Mord on March 22, 2014 at 11:46 AM

It should be obvious that someone who is prepared to put themselves in harm’s way – in defense of their country, is better suited to govern than someone who runs away from such responsibility.

And McCain is the exception that proves the rule.

OldEnglish on March 22, 2014 at 11:48 AM

These “Democrats” are nothing but cowardly, loathsome scum and can go straight to hell.

rplat on March 22, 2014 at 11:49 AM

There’s a disgusting pattern emerging of Democrats attacking Republican candidates’ records of service to the nation

…scum!

KOOLAID2 on March 22, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Democrats have always disliked patriotism or anything associated with it. Given the increased level of respect for the military in the past decade or so they have had to hide that contempt, but sometimes it slips out.

sharrukin on March 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM

OT: Is the Green Room broken?

KCB on March 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM

It’s hard to see why Democrats even bother calling themselves Americans anymore.

vityas on March 22, 2014 at 11:51 AM

OT: Is the Green Room broken?

KCB on March 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM

She gone. Ed announced it in the Sunday reflection thread.

Murphy9 on March 22, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Don’t know much about Sullivan, other than what I read here. Both of these guys sound like good candidates. I wonder what Sarah thinks.

KCB on March 22, 2014 at 11:52 AM

OT: Is the Green Room broken?

KCB on March 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Not the last time I checked.

cozmo on March 22, 2014 at 11:52 AM

She gone. Ed announced it in the Sunday reflection thread.

Murphy9 on March 22, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Really? Thanks. Maybe somebody should give Karl or Doc Zero a call…..memories….

KCB on March 22, 2014 at 11:55 AM

cozmo on March 22, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Bookmarked it last night from QOTD. Thanks!

KCB on March 22, 2014 at 11:57 AM

“There’s a disgusting pattern emerging of Democrats”

Enough said.

HiJack on March 22, 2014 at 11:58 AM

I guess Dems think having served in the military didn’t help John “I served in Vietnam” Kerry (or John McCain, for that matter) so it must be a liability that they can safely target.

Here’s hoping they keep blundering down this road and lose handily.

inmypajamas on March 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Funny. The Democrats complain about Republicans’ actual service, especially in combat, while they defended vociferously the lies about military service told by John Kerry and Richard Blumenthal.

Resist We Much on March 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM

“There’s a disgusting pattern emerging of Democrats”

Enough said.

HiJack on March 22, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Yes, it’s called Marxism, but most American’s are still afflicted with the “It can’t happen here” denial syndrome.

oscarwilde on March 22, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Let’s see, wanting to be in office because you were in the military is just an obscene amount of entitlement, but expecting to be elected because your dad was a politician isn’t?

Excuse me now while I go laugh my behind off.

Severian on March 22, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Cops or Soldiers? America’s Police Have Become Too Militarised

Resist We Much on March 22, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Read this one next… The Rise of the Praetorian Class

oscarwilde on March 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

And yet when John Kerry marched to the podium at the Democrat National Convention in 2004, saluted, and announced he was “Reporting for duty.” there wasn’t a dry seat in the house.

Left Coast Right Mind on March 22, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Unbelievable…… criticism of our military ought to end their pitiful democratic, liberal, empty careers.

ultracon on March 22, 2014 at 12:08 PM

And yet when John Kerry marched to the podium at the Democrat National Convention in 2004, saluted, and announced he was “Reporting for duty.” there wasn’t a dry seat in the house.

Left Coast Right Mind on March 22, 2014 at 12:07 PM

That was ten years ago when the Dems were still pretending to care about national security or terrorism…or foreign policy of any kind, for that matter.

thebrokenrattle on March 22, 2014 at 12:11 PM

And yet when John Kerry marched to the podium at the Democrat National Convention in 2004, saluted, and announced he was “Reporting for duty.” there wasn’t a dry seat in the house.

Left Coast Right Mind on March 22, 2014 at 12:07 PM

I don’t think there was an empty barf bag to be found either.

VegasRick on March 22, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Our newest senator from MT, Walsh, has kinda sorta been under investigation for ethics violations during his ‘service’ in the MT NG. It is being slow dragged and kept quiet in the media under, get this, a dem gov.

Kissmygrits on March 22, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Desperation I think.

COgirl on March 22, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Left Coast Right Mind on March 22, 2014 at 12:07 PM

That was ten years ago when the Dems were still pretending to care about national security or terrorism…or foreign policy of any kind, for that matter.

thebrokenrattle on March 22, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I see this very often not only with the Democrats, but with many republicans as well. It’s about winning, not about any principles, morals or ethic’s. Far to many on both sides of the isle have adopted the moral and ethical standard that, “The end justifies the means”.

The words they utter, are no more than stones and arrows to be flung at their opponents when they might do some damage. What they strenuously argue for today, they will argue against tomorrow, and never feel even the slightest smidgeon of hypocrisy.

Why? Because the only thing they believe in, the only moral or ethical value they hold, their solitary involute principal they cherish, is that winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. In short, they have sold their souls to the devil and claimed the mantra “The End Justifies the Means” as their very own.

oscarwilde on March 22, 2014 at 12:21 PM

The left doesn’t understand discipline, honor, team work, or work ethic that military people consider normal and with this agenda they are against people with this virtue.

mixplix on March 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM

I have yet to see them ever make those remarks at a VFW or American Legion Posts. Because they’re always in some hidden corner spouting their BS.

November cannot come soon enough.

Sabercat2 on March 22, 2014 at 12:37 PM

It’s hard to see why Democrats even bother calling themselves Americans anymore.

vityas on March 22, 2014 at 11:51 AM

They use it when it suits their agenda.

crankyoldlady on March 22, 2014 at 12:38 PM

I think some of it is jealousy. They didn’t have the guts to serve so they denigrate those who did.

crankyoldlady on March 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Speaking of John F’ing Kerry, I have a friend who was an F-4 pilot in the Vietnam war. He got his butt shot off over North Vietnam and barely made it back. His views on Kerry are “I spent more time in the hospital than he did in theater.” Not a big fan of Lurch that’s for sure.

Severian on March 22, 2014 at 12:40 PM

On a side note: Is it not elitist thinking that one should not be replaced, if the Seat is up for election?

Sabercat2 on March 22, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Yet, that cow on Fox, Jamu, “obama is cool on foreign policy and you are unpatriotic…water’s edge…bla, bla, bla”…”obama’care’ works and is the best evahhhh”….paraphrased.

How come such stupidity is paid on TV?

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2014 at 12:46 PM

IF you live in a left wing bubble where everyone hates the US military and sees defense spending as a waste of dollars that would be better put to use rewarding Dem voter blocks and crony contributors, you assume that everyone feels that way and that is how these things get out there. They need to read Hot Air a little more. OTOH it is a eye opener to go to Daily Kos occasionally to see what it is like in the left-wing progressive cocoon.

KW64 on March 22, 2014 at 12:47 PM

The opening shot of the troops in ranks…

Those are not Americans, looks like to me. Can’t tell for sure who they are, but those are not American arms slung across them.

Ragspierre on March 22, 2014 at 12:54 PM

On a side note: Is it not elitist thinking that one should not be replaced, if the Seat is up for election?

Sabercat2 on March 22, 2014 at 12:43 PM

They can’t give up the power. Did you ever notice dictators when offered sanctuary in a friendly country with their money will decide to go down with the ship. It isn’t always about the money. These politicians would make more in the private sector but they have to have the power.

crankyoldlady on March 22, 2014 at 12:54 PM

It had the Morning Joe crew shaking their heads in disbelief.

I have often defended Jazz against commenter epithets that he is a worthless RINO, etc. But lately he has been quite the RINO indeed.

Why Jazz, pray tell, does anyone give a fig what “the Morning Joe crew” thinks about anything? Three Democrats, a guest list of Democrats, and a jackass RINO who spends most of every show attacking conservatives — why do you care what he thinks?

Jaibones on March 22, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Speaking of John F’ing Kerry, I have a friend who was an F-4 pilot in the Vietnam war. He got his butt shot off over North Vietnam and barely made it back. His views on Kerry are “I spent more time in the hospital than he did in theater.” Not a big fan of Lurch that’s for sure.

Severian on March 22, 2014 at 12:40 PM

My Dad was Exec Officer on a vessel until 1963; his CO on that ship then went to Vietnam and became one of the Swift Boat dudes. As a MA resident he would later endorse Lurch in his Senate races, but then when he decided he wanted to be Commander in Chief, my Dad’s friend joined the Swifties.

“Mission Accomplished!”

Del Dolemonte on March 22, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Back on topic — Illinois Demonrats seemed quite happy to trumpet the great military experience and awful injuries of Tammy Duckworth, a liberal nitwit whose only apparent accomplishment in life is indeed her military service. Pryor is right — let’s vote her out of office in November.

Jaibones on March 22, 2014 at 1:02 PM

“There’s a lot of people in the Senate that didn’t serve in the military,” Pryor, who never served and is the son of a politician

“I think it’s part of this sense of entitlement that he gives off…”

Am I the only one to see the irony of a politician’s son, who is himself a politician, accusing someone of entitlement?

Renee on March 22, 2014 at 1:19 PM

The DemocRATs have become the party of anti military, anti God, anti life & liberty and the party OF atheists, homosexuals and abortionists.

bimmcorp on March 22, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Yet, that cow on Fox, Jamu, “obama is cool on foreign policy and you are unpatriotic…water’s edge…bla, bla, bla”…”obama’care’ works and is the best evahhhh”….paraphrased.

How come such stupidity is paid on TV?

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Jehmu. Standards for black token liberals on the TV news networks are rock-bottom. It’s another form of Affirmative Action.

slickwillie2001 on March 22, 2014 at 1:20 PM

This very thing validates the point I made in the CMH thread a bit farther down the home page…
Democrats cozy up to the military for photo ops when it suits them, otherwise, they despise everything the military is and stands for.

Liberals are scum. And I’m glad I never took a bullet in uniform, because I’d be really mad at myself now, for defending some douchebag that hated my very existence.

a5minmajor on March 22, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Jehmu. Standards for black token liberals on the TV news networks are rock-bottom. It’s another form of Affirmative Action.

slickwillie2001 on March 22, 2014 at 1:20 PM

And ‘Rev.’ Al is the poster boy…

bimmcorp on March 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Ragspierre on March 22, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Good catch, Rags.
I see the same thing.
The “muzzle devices” on those rifles look suspiciously Soviet/Russian in origin.
And, there are no flag-patches on the right shoulders of those BDU’s.

Perhaps the NRSC would like to explain how some “inexperienced staffer” used a file photo from the net?
Or, did they hire the same group that used the Pittsburgh skyline in an ad for Weiner that was supposed to be a skyline of NYC?

Another Drew on March 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM

What else would you expect from the party that boos God?

rbj on March 22, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Back on topic — Illinois Demonrats seemed quite happy to trumpet the great military experience and awful injuries of Tammy Duckworth, a liberal nitwit whose only apparent accomplishment in life is indeed her military service. Pryor is right — let’s vote her out of office in November.

Jaibones on March 22, 2014 at 1:02 PM

And let’s not forget how the Democrats made a Saint out of Max Cleland. Max himself said his injuries were due to his own stupidity (he accidentally dropped a grenade) but the Democrats made him out to be a War Hero.

He was later named head of the VA; according to one of the employees there he regularly took off his artificial limbs to use a wheelchair for photo ops. As a result, his weight ballooned, and soon he was confined to that wheelchair.

Del Dolemonte on March 22, 2014 at 1:31 PM

“These “Democrats” are nothing but cowardly, loathsome scum and can go straight to hell.

rplat on March 22, 2014 at 11:49 AM”

Mr. rplat, well stated, I’ll drink to that in double shots, and I wouldn’t mind helping them get there.

RoyalFlush on March 22, 2014 at 1:36 PM

I’m sorry, I don’t like to be coarse, but these scumbags are vile.

John the Libertarian on March 22, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Another Drew on March 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Plus, if my eyes don’t trick me, every one of those guys has a grenade launcher tube under their rifle barrel. Not something you’d see in any U.S. combat formation I know about.

It would be best not to leave that photo in the otherwise good presentation. We all remember how significant Romney having a dog on the roof of a car became…

Ragspierre on March 22, 2014 at 1:40 PM

How can someone who calls himself a man be a member of the Democrat Party?

RobertMN on March 22, 2014 at 1:41 PM

but those are not American arms slung across them.

Ragspierre on March 22, 2014 at 12:54 PM

They look a lot like AK-74s (5.45X39) with Russian grenade launchers under-barrel.

Solaratov on March 22, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Let’s see, wanting to be in office because you were in the military is just an obscene amount of entitlement, but expecting to be elected because your dad was a politician isn’t?

Excuse me now while I go laugh my behind off.

Severian on March 22, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Well it worked for that other Alaskan senator.

monalisa on March 22, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) recently complained that Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR), his general election opponent, has a “sense of entitlement” because of his military service.

There are two men in public life that I am aware of who have demonstrated a “sense of entitlement” because of his military service. One is John McCain and the other is his friend John Kerry.

VorDaj on March 22, 2014 at 2:01 PM

The first election I can remember was Kennedy/Nixon.They rammed Kennedy’s service and hero worship down America’s throat.Even made a hokey movie,PT 109.That was about the good war,right?

docflash on March 22, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Jehmu. Standards for black token liberals on the TV news networks are rock-bottom. It’s another form of Affirmative Action.

slickwillie2001 on March 22, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Jehmoooo is more like it.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 22, 2014 at 1:31 PM

“Lieutenant Kerry, reporting for duty”

Hahahahaha…it’s seared in my memory.

Jaibones on March 22, 2014 at 2:17 PM

How can someone who calls himself a man be a member of the Democrat Party?

RobertMN on March 22, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Thread winner for any political thread here or in the future.

bernzright777 on March 22, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Soviet-style weapons but American-style combat gear.
Afghans?
Iraqis?
Polish?
Baltics?

Another Drew on March 22, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Funny. The Democrats complain about Republicans’ actual service, especially in combat, while they defended vociferously the lies about military service told by John Kerry and Richard Blumenthal.

Resist We Much on March 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Wasn’t there another one that was also allowed to shrug it off – distorted his service record by claiming to have flown combat in Vietnam, while actually only shuttling in planes from the pacific? Can’t remember his name… Oh yeah it’s this guy: Tom Harkin.

bofh on March 22, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Dems are cowards and loathe the military, and are completely butthurt. Real heroes volunteer to serve their country, and that’s an unfair advantage.

rightside on March 22, 2014 at 2:39 PM

OT follow up to Jehmooo. Here is the male version of stupid and paid on TV.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2014 at 2:44 PM

There’s a disgusting pattern emerging of Democrats

The Democrat Party is a disgusting pattern.

rrpjr on March 22, 2014 at 2:53 PM

15m
Photo: Hillary Clinton poses with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Cindy McCain at Clinton Global Initiative University – via @HillaryClinton
see original on twitter.com

VOMIT

Murphy9 on March 22, 2014 at 2:53 PM

VOMIT

Murphy9 on March 22, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Hillary/McVain — 2016

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2014 at 2:57 PM

And yet somehow it’s a source of pride for lifelong politicians who live large off the taxpayer’s dime?

Let me be clear, politicians don’t serve their country.

Let them do it starting out at E1 pay and work their way up at the same pay scale. The big money comes from outside groups anyway. Hell, politicians should be all volunteer if they are so keen on “service”.

reaganaut on March 22, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Soviet-style weapons but American-style combat gear.
Afghans?
Iraqis?
Polish?
Baltics?

Another Drew on March 22, 2014 at 2:28 P

Maybe they weren’t soldiers at all but actors for a movie or an ad.

crankyoldlady on March 22, 2014 at 3:20 PM

The first election I can remember was Kennedy/Nixon.They rammed Kennedy’s service and hero worship down America’s throat.Even made a hokey movie,PT 109.That was about the good war,right?

docflash on March 22, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Many have suggested that it was JFK’s incompetence as an officer that caused his boat to be rammed by the Japanese ship.

JFK himself later told friends he was uncomfortable with his image as a “war hero”, but of course today he would be considered a Republican!

Del Dolemonte on March 22, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Well we’ve known for a while that Pryor has gone off the rails and has no chance of reelection. I’ll just take this as a good sign that Begich’s people are equally desperate. Feel the heat, Udall!

OT: Is the Green Room broken?

KCB on March 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Not the last time I checked.

cozmo on March 22, 2014 at 11:52 AM

^ Winner.

Gingotts on March 22, 2014 at 4:03 PM

And the democrats are still working hard to keep absentee ballots from the military from being counted.

RoadRunner on March 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

And the democrats are still working hard to keep absentee ballots from the military from being counted.

RoadRunner on March 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

O’bama’s Invisible War Against the Military

Del Dolemonte on March 22, 2014 at 4:33 PM

O’bama’s Invisible War Against the Military

Del Dolemonte on March 22, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Not invisible to me.

crankyoldlady on March 22, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Let’s see…. A Soldier or a scumbag…..hmmnn….I think i’ll go with the Soldier every time.

VegasRick on March 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Don’t make the mistake of thinking those things are mutually exclusive.

Fortitude on March 22, 2014 at 7:03 PM

“There’s a disgusting pattern emerging. of Democrats.”

Enough said.

HiJack on March 22, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Fixed it for ya.

old school on March 22, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Hey democrats you are TARFU…it doesn’t surprise me that they target ex military types because the ex military types actually know how to fulfill an oath. Something no democrat knows how to do in the modern age.

crosshugger on March 22, 2014 at 9:43 PM

its hard to see why Democrats even bother calling themselves Americans anymore.

vityas on March 22, 2014 at 11:51 AM

And that now includes a few long-time friends of mine (and I’m sure friends of many others who post here).

Is it the the class warfare that this President has openly declared?
Has it really take root? Or, is it something much deeper? Whatever it is, there is adeep social division here, which I do not ever recall being so divisive.

Trochilus on March 23, 2014 at 2:30 AM

Prior looks worse the more he opens his trap. To me this character symbolizes what is wrong with democrats.

FireBlogger on March 23, 2014 at 12:21 PM

I’ve stated this before at HA:
Tom Cotton has held the most difficult, challenging, yet the most rewarding job on the planet.
He commanded A RIFLE COMPANY (Infantry)… IN COMBAT.
Mark Pryor? Oh, yea he was supporting Obowmao and his policies and voted for ObamaCare every TIME.
Pathetic Pryor. Just pathetic.

Missilengr on March 23, 2014 at 6:43 PM