"Yesterday I stood at Arlington National Cemetery attending the funeral of a young marine in my district. He believed in what we were doing is the right thing and had the courage to lay his life on the line to do it. A few minutes ago I received a call from Colonel Danny Bubp, Ohio Representative from the 88th district in the House of Representatives. He asked me to send Congress a message: Stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message, that cowards cut and run, Marines never do. Danny and the rest of America and the world want the assurance from this body – that we will see this through."
She received numerous boos once the word coward was used. Democrats reportedly got in her face and many screamed with outrage. After things settled she asked to strike the comments from the record.
"Mr. Speaker, my remarks were not directed to any member of the House and I did not intend to suggest they applied to any member, most especially the distinguished gentleman from Pennsylvania (Murtha)."
My ass she didn't. Republicans are now making the claim that if you're for withdrawing troops you're a scaredy cat. I guess they believe if they double dare the Democrats enough times they'll back off. Note the use of a soldier's funeral to add that certain dramatic pitch.
"I'm excited to go on the bus and sing 'Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall,'" - Jean Schmidt