House Joins Senate In Condemning ‘Betray Us’ Ad
The House of Representatives has joined the Senate in condemning the infamous “General Betray Us” attack ad.
The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to condemn the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org for a recent advertisement attacking the top U.S. general in Iraq.
By a 341-79 vote, the House passed a resolution praising the patriotism Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, and condemning a MoveOn.org ad that referred to Petraeus as “General Betray Us.”
The liberal group’s full-page ad appeared earlier this month in The New York Times and has served as a rallying point for Republicans. President Bush called the ad “disgusting” and criticized Democrats such as Sen. Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the party’s nomination, for being afraid of irritating the group.
Actually, there’s an interesting bit of parliamentary shenanigans going on here. This condemnation of the ad was actually entered as an amendment to a much larger piece of legislation aimed at “stopgap” funding on ongoing appropriations.
Still, I find it bizarre that both houses of Congress felt the need to actually vote to condemn a political ad in a newspaper. Don’t Congresspersons have better things to do with their time?