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Monday, July 25, 2005

Those Classy Democrats Strike Again

For all their posturing and self-righteous condemnation of us "immoral" and "corrupt" Republicans, this story absolutely insensed me (From BlackFive).

The family of a Marine who was killed in Iraq is furious with Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll for showing up uninvited at his funeral this week, handing out her business card and then saying "our government" is against the war.


Then, suddenly, "one uninvited guest made an appearance, Catherine Baker Knoll."

She sat down next to a Goodrich family member and, during the distribution of communion, said, "Who are you?" Then she handed the family member one of her business cards, which Goodrich said she still has.

"Knoll felt this was an appropriate time to campaign and impose her will on us," Goodrich said. "I am amazed and disgusted Knoll finds a Marine funeral a prime place to campaign."

This is absolute class. The family wants an apology, but I wouldn't hold my breath if I were them.

Asked to comment on Goodrich's complaints about Knoll's conduct at the funeral, the aide said that "would be inappropriate."

Oh, you mean "inappropriate" like using a fallen Marine as a photo op? Oh, but don't you DARE question her patriotism.

Michelle Malkin has a great roundup on this entire story.

UPDATE: The Lt. Govenor has issued an apology to the family for her shamless actions at their son's funeral. Michelle Malkin posted the apology on her website.

One thing I noticed, though, was that the right-wing people who came out about this are spinning this into some "she didn't really apologize" sort of thing. Granted what she did was still despicable, but she apologized and it's time to move on. Whether or not she's sincere about it, time will tell. As for me, this is good enough and people on the right should just let it go now. Here are the quotes Michelle posted from some other bloggers:

Brian J. Noggle observes: "When the first words of a personal message are FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, you know it's a poll-felt communication from a politician."


Blackfive: ""One of Pennsylvania's sons"? Guess that makes the Lieutenant Governor the Wicked Step-Mother..."

She may have done this because of polls or whatever. I just don't think it matters, though. She owned up to what she did and isn't playing politics. I'm no fan of democrats in general, but you have to give them their due. She owned up to what she did, may not have seen what the big deal is according to the apology(which some might have a problem with), but still apologized. The govenor himself apologized almost right away to the family for what his Lt. Gov said. That should also count for something. So the bloggers and other fellow right-wing conspirators out there, lay off and be happy she isn't playing politics with this.