This is not the time for political opportunism,. . . . Out of respect for Congressman Murtha’s family and his decades of service to our country, Republicans should put their partisanship aside and allow Mr. Murtha’s family, friends, and constituents time to celebrate his life and mourn his passing.
First of all, she’s right. We should put aside partisanship. But, why did she feel the need to say that, instead of focusing on the life she believes people should celebrate. She’s lecturing Republicans on how to behave, assuming we’ll be dancing on this man’s grave. She’s on this guy’s side and should focus on his accomplishments. Let his opponents note their political differences, provided they do so in a manner appropriate at the time of a man’s passing.
Now, contrast her revealing statement with that of a man who had been running against the Pennsylvania Democrat:
Responding to the sudden and unfortunate announcement of the death of Rep. John Murtha (D-PA-12th), GOP challenger William Russell has asked all citizens, Republicans, Democrats and Independents to come together and pray for Joyce and the Murtha family as they deal with the tragic loss of husband, father and grandfather. “While Mr. Murtha and I were political combatants in every sense, our family and campaign team asks you to keep the Murtha family in your thoughts and prayers,” said Russell. “Regardless of your political position, you always knew Jack had an immense love and loyalty to his family and the residents of the 12th Congressional District.
The Russell campaign is immediately initiating a moratorium on all political media activity for the next five days in respect of the passing of John Murtha. The campaign will also remove all political references to Mr. Murtha on the Russellbrigade.com website immediately.
Yeah, some on the right have used the occasion of Murtha’s passing to criticize the man. But, Ms. Crider would have done herself a service as well as that of the man she chose to honor by focusing on his accomplishments and extending condolences to his family.
Simply put, this is not the time to lecture your opponents on how to act.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Alex in Denver build on my point:
Jen Crider’s statement is transparent. It isn’t about reminding anyone to maintain a sense of decorum at the passing of a legislator, it was about preemptively claiming the moral high road. Whenever someone lectures you about something you have not done, it is to do three things 1) paint you as the kind of person who, given the chance, WOULD do such a thing, 2) conversely paint themselves as the kind of person who would NEVER do such a thing, and 3) to claim credit for your subsequent good behavior.