Saturday, July 23, 2005

Political Corpse Sucker

(Tip of the hat to Grassroots PA for linking to this story.)

The Lieutenant-Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is not only an idiot, she is a low-life, vile, despicable piece of filth. From today's Post-Gazette:

The family of a Marine who was killed in Iraq is furious with Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll for showing up uninvited at his funeral this week, handing out her business card and then saying "our government" is against the war.

Rhonda Goodrich of Indiana, Pa., said yesterday that a funeral was held Tuesday at a church in Carnegie for her brother-in-law, Staff Sgt. Joseph Goodrich, 32.

She said he "died bravely and courageously in Iraq on July 10, serving his country."

Sgt. Goodrich is an American hero. Lt. Gov. Knoll is a Pensylvanian disgrace.

Then, suddenly, "one uninvited guest made an appearance, Catherine Baker Knoll."

She sat down next to a Goodrich family member and, during the distribution of communion, said, "Who are you?" Then she handed the family member one of her business cards, which Goodrich said she still has.

"Knoll felt this was an appropriate time to campaign and impose her will on us," Goodrich said. "I am amazed and disgusted Knoll finds a Marine funeral a prime place to campaign."

If some slimy politician showed up at the funeral of someone in my family and handed me his/her/its business card, my instinctive reaction would be to rip apart the card and consider doing the same to the critter's limbs. It's a good thing that the Goodrich relative kept the card. That little scrap of paper will serve as a reminder of Knoll's gall and idiocy for a long time to come.

"Our family deserves an apology," Rhonda Goodrich said. "Here you have a soldier who was killed -- dying for his country -- in a church full of grieving family members and she shows up uninvited. It made a mockery of Joey's death."

What really upset the family, Goodrich said, is that Knoll said, 'I want you to know our government is against this war,' " Goodrich said.

That the Goodrich family deserves an apology, there is no doubt; whether Knoll will provide them with a sincere apology is dubious. An apology would undermine the "Fast Eddie" Rendell administration's opposition to the Iraq war. Look at what Knoll told the grieving family. "I want you to know our government is against this war." The Rendell administration is not with us; it's with the terrorists, jihadis, and Ba'athists. Knoll's appearance wasn't quite on the level of Osama or Saddam dropping by, but it's pretty damned close.
[Rhonda Goodrich] said she is going to seek an answer from Gov. Ed Rendell's administration if it opposes the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I'd like to know if she gets a straightforward answer. Does the Rendell administration believe that the states have the right to actively oppose the U.S. War On Terror? If so, does that mean that "Fast Eddie" can refuse to allow soldiers from Pennsylvania to participate in the war? Knoll has a lot of explaining to do. If she expected to make some new friends at this funeral, she made a terribly stupid mistake.

So far, Knoll has not had anything more to say.

Knoll was traveling yesterday, away from the Capitol, and couldn't be reached. But an aide said she "extends condolences to all families who have lost loved ones" serving in the military.

Without having talked to her, the aide, who asked not to be named, said, "The family members of fallen soldiers are in our hearts and prayers. Our prayers go out to their loved ones in their hour of grief."

Asked to comment on Goodrich's complaints about Knoll's conduct at the funeral, the aide said that "would be inappropriate."

This aide is in a very unenviable position. It sounds like he/she doesn't want to get involved in this mess. If I were the aide, I would tender my resignation to the Lt. Gov. with the words: "CYA yourself, bitch. I'm outta here."

If Governor Rendell has any shred of dignity, he would seek Catherine Baker Knoll's resignation immediately instead of waiting find out if she's going to run with him again in 2006.

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