Not to beat a dead horse, but if we're going to nit-pick people out of office for stupid, off-the-cuff comments, ala Trent Lott and his infamous Strom Thurmond birthday party speech, where is the outrage over Sen. Patty Murry's remarks about Osama bin Laden while speaking to an AP student group in Vancouver, Wash.

Lott, a Republican, was railroaded out of his job as as Senate majority leader for making this statement at a birthday party for the 100-year-old senator: "When Strom Thurmond ran for president we voted for him we're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead we wouldn't have had all these problems for all these years, either."

That statement was considered offensive to blacks because Thurmond ran on the segregationist ticket back in the 1940s.

Then along comes Murray, a Democrat, who makes this statement, referring to bin Laden: "He's been out in these countries for decades building schools, building roads, building infrastructure, building day care facilities, building health care facilities and people are extremely grateful. He's made their lives better. We have not done that."

There is almost universal agreement among diplomats, biographers, and historians that bin Laden's popularity stems almost solely from his hatred of the West, and that any schools or roads that he has built were built to advance that cause.

To further state that the United States has not built schools, day care centers and health care facilities is not only a bald face lie but an affront to the families of thousands of Americans who have died at the hands of Muslim hate mongers like Osama bin Laden.

Murray's comments are a disgrace to America and an embarrassment to the great state of Washington. Washingtonians would do well to give this senator the boot.

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