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Friday, September 28, 2007

When The Right Is Wrong... Again

So, earlier in the week, David Shuster hammered wingnut Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, by explaining to her that she has more knowledge of an ad n a newspaper than the dead soldiers in her own district. The point was that wingnuts like Blackburn were focusing on trivialities rather than the real costs of the war.

The insaneosphere repsonded by... focusing on trivialities, claiming that the soldier who Shuster said was the last one to die from Blackburn's district didn't actually live there. They mau-maued MSNBC and browbeat head of the network Dan Abrams into forcing Shuster to make an on-air apology.

Except he didn't have to. Because the guy was from Blackburn's district.

Shuster's apology [re: Marsha Blackburn] may have been premature. The tiny hamlet of Bon Aqua, Tenn., is where Bohannon lived in the months immediately prior to entering the Army. The Census Bureau places his home in Blackburn's 7th Congressional District.

He lived in Bon Aqua for "close to a year" immediately prior to entering the Army, said Tonya Taylor, 35, who permitted him to stay at her house while Bohannon was dating her daughter.

Bohannon grew up, was home-schooled and was buried in McEwan, which is clearly in the 8th Congressional District of U.S. Rep. John Tanner, D-Tenn. But his last legal address was in Blackburn's district.

Silly wingnuts, wrong again. But the whole discussion of geography misses the point entirely. The point is that this war has a human face, has a specific and tragic cost, and people like Marsha Blackburn would rather talk about ads in the newspaper.

No word yet on whether Bohannon used the wrong typeface, or whether he was actually named Jamil Hussein.

UPDATE: One wonders if anyone can name the 70 dead Iraqis killed on Wednesday alone.

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