Far be it for me to get behind anything the irascible Malkin states, but she's on point here:
Russell’s clear on where he stands. No doubt Barack Obama would label him bitter and clingy. “I am a Conservative,” he says in his defining campaign statement. “I believe in the sovereignty and security of this one nation, under God. I believe the primary role of government is to provide for the common defense and a legal framework to protect families and individual liberty. … I believe that no one owes me anything just because I live and breathe.”Conservatives have a chance to rid themselves of a man who made a name for himself by slandering our troops while for years, ripping off taxpayers in his own district by enriching self-interest groups to which he granted an earmark (including lobbyist firms headed up by his own brother). Come November, conservatives, in particular Pennsylvanians, have a chance to kick one of the most corrupt members of Congress out of office and into the street where he belongs.
The excitement and buzz around Russell stand in stark contrast to grass-roots disgust on the right with Beltway Republicans who continue to push the party to the left in a brain-dead attempt to “rebrand” the GOP. He has united pro-troops families, social conservatives, fiscal conservatives, Reagan Democrats and Independents fed up with Murtha’s culture of corruption dating back to his Abscam days in the 1980s. Murtha was not indicted in the infamous bribery probe, but he was videotaped entertaining a $50,000 bribe from undercover FBI agents posing as emissaries for Arab sheiks trying to enter our country illegally.
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