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AWOL Indiana Dem Compares Fleeing State to Serving in Afghanistan


"It’s kind of like Mr. Cheatham, he left to make our schools better."

Indiana State Representative Dave Cheetham (D) not only found a way to recently compare his caucus's running away to Illinois to avoid a vote on an anti-union bill to soldiers serving in Afghanistan, but he also found a way to invoke the children:

National Review has a transcript:

CHEATHAM: The thing that sticks in my mind, I guess, more than anything else — and this is something that has happened. My wife teaches first grade. This past week, one of the kids in her class, a little first grader’s dad is getting sent to Afghanistan. And he was really sad. And she said, ‘Eell, you know, your dad is doing something really good. He’s going to a country where people there are trying to take away the freedoms of other people there, keep them from living a good life. So he’s leaving to do something good.’ And one of the little girls in class just on her own — and this has never been talked about in class, because my wife doesn’t do that — said, ‘It’s kind of like Mr. Cheatham, he left to make our schools better.’ And when I heard that, that gave me a reason —” (drowned out by applause.)

NR's Jim Geraghty carries the analogy to it's (il)logical conclusion:

Oh, I see. Fleeing the state and refusing to show up for work as a state legislator is just like serving in the U.S. military in Afghanistan! And I guess that would mean Republican state legislators are the Taliban and al-Qaeda in this metaphor.

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