Thursday, October 05, 2006
The Cafferty File: Blame the Democrats?

On "The Situation Room" today, we asked viewers the following questions, and here are some of our favorite responses that we didn't get to read on air:

What's your reaction to House Speaker Hastert blaming the Democrats and ABC News for the release of the Foley scandal story?

What happened to the party of "personal responsibility?" It's always blame the Democrats or blame the media. It is apparent that the GOP needs a message sent to them this November: You're responsible for your own mistakes.
Omar, Wichita, Kansas

I am a registered Republican but my comment is "What a pile of b.s.!" It totally marginalizes what happened here. Instead of being concerned about Foley's behavior, the Speaker is wanting us to kill the messenger. Well, if the GOP folks would have done their job, there would not have been a message at all! Shame!
Dick

As a Democrat, I couldn't be happier with Speaker Hastert's bizarre attempt to pin the page scandal on the Democrats. He is saving us the trouble of making him look ridiculous. Thank God this man isn't resigning; every time Dennis opens his mouth, another red seat turns blue.
Michael, Brooklyn, New York

It strikes me as something straight out of Karl Rove's playbook, which suggests that our wartime leader has been aware of the Foley Frolics for some time as well.
Tom, Mount Vernon, Washington

What does it mean when a majority of Iraq and Afghan war veterans say the military is stretched too thin?

Jack, when you really want to know what is going on go to the guys and gals that do the work. This simply proves that as we thought Rumsfeld and Bush have been lying to us all along. But what's new?
Don, Jacksonville, Florida

The "majority" of American troops aren't saying any such thing as "we're stretched too thin." How would I know? I'm one of them, and I don't hear this kind of defeatist, pessimistic nonsense coming out of our soldiers... Do yourselves a favor and tell the real story for once, and let the American people know that we are NOT losing this war, and that we ARE accomplishing more than you're telling them.
Kennie, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Come on, Jack, the soldiers and vets don't know anything. Just ask the Bush administration, they know everything. And they won't tell you.
Michael, Chicago, Illinois

Is the Foley scandal the kind of issue that should be considered extremely important in the midterm elections?

The Republicans are in charge right now because the electorate felt that they were the ones who would best protect Americans from terrorists, at home and abroad. The Foley episode is more evidence that they are doing neither.
Joseph, Springfield, Pennsylvania

Yes. Considering that the Republicans promised to "bring family values back to Washington."
Jim

Yes! Because it dramatically proves that nothing is sacred to a politician. The only thing good that has come out of this is seeing the Republicans chase their own tails looking for a scapegoat.
Carol, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Probably not, but I'm sure having fun watching the Republicans reap what they have sown.
Judy, Long Beach, Washington

Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 10/05/2006 05:45:00 PM ET | Permalink
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