College Republicans Burst Bipartisanshp
Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle (a Democrat, I assume) is visiting Wisconsin National Guard troops deployed in Iraq, as part of as bipartisan gubernatorial delegation invited by the State and Defense Departments. In a January 24 phone interview, he praised the soldiers for “high morale, a very clear sense of mission and a very clear belief that it can be accomplished.”
Said his spokesperson, Melanie Fonder, “The governor is honored to be in Kuwait and in Iraq to see firsthand how Wisconsin troops are doing and what they are doing. He was pleased to be able to tell them how much Wisconsin supports them, and he looks forward to welcoming them home.”
So, what's the response of University of Wisconsin (UW) Madison College Republicans Chair Jordan Smith? While most praised the gesture, Smith questioned Doyle’s motives for making the journey:
“I think that it’s nice that he went to go visit the troops and is showing his support, but I do kind of think that he’s using this as a photo opportunity,” said UW- Madison College Republicans chair Jordan Smith, who added she did not think the tactic would resonate with voters because the war in Iraq was more a national issue than a state issue.
Jordan, unlike the UW-Madison College Republicans, who appear far better qualified for military service, Governor Doyle actually made it to Iraq. How about you?