You think Joe Walsh’s (R-Illinois) smear of Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) is not indicative of Republican Politics? You think a smear campaign against a decorated war veteran who lost arms & legs in the line of duty would never succeed?
Obviously you’ve never heard the story of Sen. Max van Cleland.
But first there are a few things you should know…
Max van Cleland:
Former Senator from Georgia
United States Army: Years of service 1965–1968. Rank Captain
Unit 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division
Battles/wars: Vietnam War
Battle of Khe Sanh
Awards: Silver Star Bronze Star, Soldier’s Medal , National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Severely wounded in Vietnam: Due to the severity of his injuries, doctors amputated both of Cleland’s legs above the knee and his right forearm. He was 25 years old.
A week before the voting an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll showed Cleland ahead by five points, 49-44. By Saturday before the race a poll by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the lead had shrunk to 48–45 which was within the poll’s margin of error. On election day Cleland lost to Chambliss 53-46. Some supporters blamed a Chambliss TV ad featuring the likenesses of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, while criticizing Cleland’s votes against homeland security measures. Cleland supporters claimed the ad questioned the senator’s patriotism.