Meltdown at the YearlyKos? Update: Reid, Pelosi, and Emanuel cancel YKos appearances Update: Dems apologize for House debacle
Update 10:15pm Eastern. Hell freezes over. Democrats apologize for the debacle in the House last night.
Yep, no wonder the Dem leaders don’t want to show up at YKos.
Update: For what it’s worth, Reid, Pelosi, and Emanuel have canceled their appearances at the YearlyKos conference because of weekend vote scheduling.
Question the timing?
Update: LGF has the video.
Update: Readers send a reminder of Kos community double standards when it comes to anti-war troops protesting in uniform.
Who is surprised? Anyone? Anyone?
A left-wing blogger at The American Prospect witnesses the crushing of dissent at the YearlyKos:
As the Military and Progressives panel came to an end, a young man in uniform stood up to argue that the surge was working, and cutting down on Iraqi casualties. The moderator largely freaked out. When other members of the panel tried to answer his question, he demanded they “stand down.” He demanded the questioner give his name, the name of his commander, and the name of his unit. And then he closed the panel, no answer offered or allowed, and stalked off the stage,
Wes Clark took the mic and tried to explain what had just occurred: The argument appears to be that you’re not allowed to participate in politics while wearing a uniform, or at least that you shouldn’t, and that the questioner was engaging in a sort of moral blackmail, not to mention a violation of the rules, by doing so. Knowing fairly little about the army, I can’t speak to any of that. But it was an uncomfortable few moments, and seemed fairly contrary to the spirit of the panel to roar down the member of the military who tried to speak with a contrary voice.
I’m sure there’s video of this somewhere out there.
Hey, all ye Democrat presidential candidates: What’s your reaction to this?
Allah: “[T]hat the left in general and Wes Clark in particular would balk at someone using their Absolute Moral Authority to advance a political agenda is an irony too enormous to be absorbed in one take.”
Charles at LGF: “I’m not familiar with the exact regulations on this, but for the sake of argument let’s say that it was against the rules for a uniformed soldier to ask a question. When did it become the duty of a YearlyKos panel moderator to enforce Army regulations? I wonder how they would have treated Scott Beauchamp if he had shown up in uniform?”
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