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February 12, 2007

Two views of Murray's anti-war credentials

Posted by David Postman at 9:26 AM

Chad (The Left) Shue see two wildly divergent views surfacing about Sen. Patty Murray's anti-war efforts. Locally, Shue points to this post by Noemie Maxwell at WashBlog. Maxwell says of recent tough talk by Murray, about President Bush's Iraq plan, "it looks to me like political cover for your failure to take meaningful action."

There'll be a demonstration outside Murray's Seattle office Wednesday by anti-war activists, who Maxwell said have been "trying to get her to pledge a vote against Bush's supplemental to the budget." Murray voted against the initial war authorization resolution but that has lost some currency with anti-war forces.

For another view, Shue turns to D.C. Times reporter Alicia Mundy's piece saying Murray has become a leading anti-war voice in Congress:

There was a time when the fiercest anti-war voice in the delegation belonged to Rep. Jim McDermott, Seattle's favorite liberal Democrat. But these days, Sen. Patty Murray is center stage.

Shue says it's Murray as seen through "bi-coastal lenses." And where does he fall on the question?

I completely agree that Murray has been totally ineffective in helping to stop the occupation in Iraq. Since her vote against the IWR she has done a pretty good job of playing duck and cover over the entire Iraq issue except where she can shield herself behind the veterans.

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