Normally these days, I wouldn't just point readers over to Eschaton but, really, this is just too freakin' precious to ignore. Atrios posts this excerpt from an interview with Ohio Republican Congressional Candidate Jean Schmidt, who has something quite remarkable to say about her opponent, Democrat and Iraq military veteran Paul Hackett:
[Interviewer] NOVOTNY: His opponent, Republican frontrunner Jean Schmidt, a former state representative who is not convinced that time served in battle can compare to experience at home.
JEAN SCHMIDT, OHIO REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: Everything’s local. Of course, it’s more important here. The issues that the people have are more important to those individuals than anything outside of that region.
Yes, this is apparently the new Republican talking point. Having answered the call to enlist and risk their lives by serving overseas, these veterans (well, OK, just the Democratic ones) can now have their military service denigrated as not being as important as having stayed home.
Rejoice, members of the 101st Fighting Keyboarders! Apparently, you were the real patriots all along. Who knew?