Virginia incumbant states military service is not public service

Totally unacceptable, but totally expected from an entrenched incumbent. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) spoke in front of the Arlington County Democratic Committee on Oct. 6 and expressed no regard what-so-ever for his opponent’s 24 years of service in the U.S. Army. Professional politicians are good, outsiders are bad.

Here is a web-ad from – the 8th District Republican Committee. As a reminder, Moran has been in Washington, representing Virginia’s 8th, for 20 frigging years.


Hat tip to MCQ at Blackfive, and Ed Morrissey is also writing. (And I thought I was ahead of the game on this one.) Bill Kristol notes

Jim Moran is well known to be an arrogant, unpleasant, and self-important man. He’s been protected from paying any price for his defects of character by having a safely Democratic Northern Virginia seat, one that’s heavily populated by federal government workers and others friendly to big government. But for many decent liberals, this comment could be the straw that breaks the back of their willingness to continue voting for Moran.

Of course the VFW PAC actually endorsed Moran in late September, and the VFW membership and leadership was so disgusted about the PAC’s selections they announced the PAC would be dissolved completely.

An apology to retired Army Colonel Patrick Murray is not enough. Moran needs to be taken out with the trash on Nov. 2, but the problem is Moran’s seat is considered his seat, and is currently considered “Safe Dem” as far as I can tell. I can’t even find any polling from Virginia’s 8th District for goodness sakes.

Update: AJStrata at Strata-Sphere blog noted an internal Republican poll back on Oct. 13 that had Moran with less than 50 percent support. Not good for an incumbent, but take it for what it’s worth.

This is a great example of the Washington political elites who are incumbents and think they know everything. Professional politicians are the way to go, and those of you with extensive experience in business, the military, or in the local PTA need not apply.

Pathetic. He’s got absolutely no respect for those candidates who have not had the professional political experience he’s had. Elitism at its finest. He expressed the same disregard for candidates who were simply common folk back in May during a debate. (You’ll have to turn up the volume on this one.)


I’m not sure if The retired Army colonel and northern Virgina voters have an opportunity to send Moran back home, but if you’d like to directly donate to Patrick Murray’s campaign, click here to send him a few dollars of support. For those readers in Virginia’s 8th, how about a ground campaign to go door-to-door and discuss the issues?

Edit: I certainly should not have been so negative about Murray’s chances.

As of mid-October, Murray only has about $80,000 on hand for his campaign. He’s collected more than $300,000 in donations, mostly from individuals and only $9,400 (2.8 percent) from PACs.

The incumbent Moran has more than $600,000 available to spend, with almost 40 percent of his total donations coming from PACs.

I’ve got no issue with PAC funding, but from the get-go, this seat has been solid Democrat all the way so the PACs and the party are bound to spend their resources where they think it will do the most good. Patrick Murray needs individual support and volunteers on the ground. Good luck to him.

5 replies
  1. NeoConn
    NeoConn says:

    Reminds me of the time John Glenn was running against Howard Metzenbaum and he accused Glenn of not being qualified because he had never held office.  If anyone is interested watch the following youtube clip of a Marine Gunnery Sergeant talking to his men before the go into battle in Afghanistan.  The language may be a bit rough but please bear in mind it is the Marines and we don't hire them for their manners, it is worth the watch.

    As a veteran this man disgusts me, he has no idea what sacrifice is what it means to risk your tomorrow for a cause bigger than yourself.

  2. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    This is normal Democrat group think.  Remember the whole Rene Gonzalez incident where he said the following (exerpt, full text at Pat Tillman:


    However, in my neighborhood in Puerto Rico, Tillman would have been called a "pendejo," an idiot. Tillman, in the absurd belief that he was defending or serving his all-powerful country from a seventh-rate, Third World nation devastated by the previous conflicts it had endured, decided to give up a comfortable life to place himself in a combat situation that cost him his life. This was not "Ramon or Tyrone," who joined the military out of financial necessity, or to have a chance at education. This was a "G.I. Joe" guy who got what was coming to him. That was not heroism, it was prophetic idiocy.


    This is the way that young liberals at UMASS Amherst are being taught to think (relative term).  So why should it be any different for Congressional Democrats?


  3. A_COL
    A_COL says:

    Why isn't anyone asking the obvious question:  Was 65 Year Old Rep. “Little Jimmy” Moran (D-VA 8) a Vietnam Era Draft Dodger?  Now that the “Little Jimmy” Youtube video rant that “military service is not public service” has gone viral on the Internet, I’m surprised no one is asking how “Little Jimmy” managed to Dodge the Draft despite being of optimum draft age during Vietnam (DOB: 16 May 45).  As a retired Army Colonel VN Vet draftee, I’m appalled by “Little Jimmy's” comment on the service record of his opponent, retired Army COL Patrick Murray, On 6 Oct, Jimmy stated, "What [Republicans] do is that they find candidates – usually stealth candidates – that haven't been in office, haven't served or performed any kind of public service. My opponent is typical." COL Murray served his country for 24 years in the Army with 4 combat deployments including Iraq as part of the troop surge.


    Like his mentor, good old Joe "5-Deferment" Biden (and Dick Cheney to be fair), it appears “Little Jimmy” did everything short of maiming himself (he didn’t have the guts) to dodge the VN Draft. By comparison, COWARDs like him make “George W" look like a war hero! (For the record, Bush flying antique Air Guard Convair F-102s was probably in more danger than I was during an extended CIB-earning tour in Vietnam!).  Active military service was a certainty for any male born between 1940-49 unless morally, mentally or medically unfit, or they took some overt action to "dodge" the draft.  Also, when “Little Jimmy” evaded, someone else, probably less educated or advantaged and definitely less eligible, served in his place.

    My point, if “Little Jimmy” wasn’t fit to serve then, what makes him fit to serve now? Better still, what makes him more fit to serve than combat vet COL (Ret) Pat Murray?


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