Duncan Black, aka the Prince of Darkness, has another laugher up:
The Bush Blog links to this NRO article which contains absolutely disgusting attacks on Firefighters.
Generally speaking, the likelihood that a firefighter will vote for John Kerry is inversely proportional to the number of fires he has actually fought. Witness all those T-shirted “Fire Fighters for Kerry” you saw at the convention. A little soft around the middle some of them were, weren’t they? Do you think some of them could haul a hose pack up 50 flights of stairs? I’m not betting on it. I’m guessing the only fires many of them have seen lately were at IAFF barbecues.
That is it- the ‘absolutely disgusting attacks’ on firefighters was actually poking fun at the UNION leadership of the firefighters, who, predictably, vote a little bit different than their rank and file.
Who are the IAFF union bosses?
The IAFF played a critical role in helping Kerry secure the Democratic nomination and could play a role in the general election.
The group, seen as one of the most effective labor unions, admits that it usually has operated under the radar screen. However, the voice and stature of firefighters has increased since Sept. 11.
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) called the firefighters “one of the most active and effective organizations in their endorsements. They really come out for whoever they endorse.”
And what about the rank and file? From the FireFighters For Bush website:
Letter of the Week – Johneen Castle, Alexandria-St.Albans Twp. Fire Dept.
I thank God for this website. I am truly tired of seeing the media coverage of Kerry and all his IAFF signs that show support for him. My husband is an IAFF as a full-timer and he does not support Kerry. I am part-time and not affiliated with the union but find the signage to be offensive.
For those outside of the fireservice, “IAFF” is nothing more than letters, but the fact that every news stories includes some pictures of firefighters for Kerry does not show the true opinion of the people.
After having read the letters of support from the IAFF magazine, I am disgruntled with the amount of propoganda that this publication has put forth.
Why did Firefighters For Bush start?
Firefighters for Bush is a loose-knit, grassroots organization with three very clear, very simple goals:
To counter the IAFF’s mischaracterization of firefighters as “offended” by President Bush’s campaign ads.
To provide a public voice for those firefighters who wish to declare their support for President Bush.
To empower America’s firefighters to fight back against the IAFF and the misrepresentation of firefighters by the media.
Toward these ends, we are freely providing the multiple resources available through this website as a public service to firefighters everywhere.
Can Atrios be honest about anything? Really, these Media Matters folks are quite the riot act.