In my last post, I mentioned Steve Duin’s column on Ben Westlund. But as I reread it, I realized there are a few questions that I want to ask. First: what the hell is he talking about?
Westlund has seen the e-mails and heard the screams. His support for Bush in 2004? "I was still wearing the uniform. We were at a time of war. You tend to support presidents during times of crisis."
...what uniform? Was Westlund a member of the military? Has he ever been? Is this insulting to the Oregon men and women fighting overseas? To the families that have lost loved ones over there?
If he's talking about the GOP "uniform" is he telling us that he doesn't/didn't have the backbone to stand up to his party leadership? Now that he's jettisoned that affiliation (a few weeks ago) can we be sure that that's the only loyalty he has? Are there other "uniforms" that he wears that we need to know about? Others to whom he is more loyal than to the people of Oregon?
Oh, and what crisis was he talking about in 2004? Sure, 2001. Maybe early 2002. But by 2004, the war was no longer a crisis. It certainly wasn't any more a crisis than it is right now. If it's still a crisis, why doesn't he support the president now?
I'm just asking....