Alison Grimes: boy, I just love that Iron Dome underground defense system!

Look, I’m not telling you to love Mitch McConnell; but this was a really stupid thing for Alison Grimes to say.

As foreign policy inches its way into a debate that has largely focused on the economy, Grimes was asked about congressional efforts to aid Israel’s missile defense system, known as the Iron Dome.

“Obviously, Israel is one of our strongest allies in the Middle East, and she has the right to defend herself,” Grimes said. “But the loss of life, especially the innocent civilians in Gaza, is a tragedy. The Iron Dome has been a big reason why Israel has been able to withstand the terrorists that have tried to tunnel their way in.”


I would love to see – preferably from a distance, and with automatic shutoff filters – just what kind of internal universe can sustain the concept of a missile defense system that works underground.  I imagine that sparkly unicor… no.  Pegasi.  Sparkly winged horses must be involved, somehow. More seriously: God help any Republican who ever says anything this dumb. But I look forward to hearing the hasty explanations as to why Alison Grimes isn’t actually dumber than soup…


Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: Let me speak sooth to folks for a bit. I understand that many people reading this consider themselves to be in the middle of a blood feud with Mitch McConnell, and I don’t blame you if you are. But – no, seriously, but. Do not let your enjoyment of the ancient art of kanly blind you to the adverse consequences of letting a Democrat getting away with saying something that, if a Republican said it, would be featured on the front page of the Washington Post every day for the next two weeks.  If you do not push back on the media when they do double standards, they will simply get worse.  There are Republicans running for office – Republicans that you might like – who are under constant threat from those self-same double standards.

So.  Please. You don’t have to love Alison Grimes just because you despise Mitch McConnell.  Especially when Grimes starts talking about underground missile defense systems – and it’s not your job to rationalize that away: it’s the Democrats’.  You ain’t a Democrat, are you? Of course you’re not.

PPS: Oh, I could probably cobble together some plausible answer about why Iron Dome might help with Israeli counter-tunnel operations, despite the fact that Hamas’s missile attacks aren’t really all that related to their ongoing infiltration efforts.  But that’s not my job.  Reminding people that our current horrible natsec situation is directly attributable to the fact that Democratic politicians are uniformly awful at national security issues?  That’s my job.

PPPS: Turns out that Erick Erickson was quicker on the draw on this than I was.  No worries.

11 thoughts on “Alison Grimes: boy, I just love that Iron Dome underground defense system!”

  1. Underground missile system would be completely freaking awesome. Though I don’t know why you’d call it a “Dome” in that case… Too bad Grimes is not quite a smart as my 5-year old when it comes to this stuff.

  2. “I understand that many people reading this consider themselves to be in the middle of a blood feud with Mitch McConnell…”
    I’ve never understood this. I might have like McConnell to lose the primary, but I rather him than Alison Lundergan Grimes any day of the week and the weekend too.

  3. I know you probably disagree, as a partisan hack, Moe, but it would be nice if the Democrats wouldn’t run blithering idiots so often, so we wouldn’t have to do so much damage when we get rid of our own.

    1. I wouldn’t mind a lack of blithering idiots from the other side, myself. It’d be nice if we didn’t have to sweat every single damned race anymore.

      1. I mean, in a reasonably ordered-world, the Left would be represented by the Chris Christies and Rudy Giullianis of the world, and we wouldn’t be scared to death when they gained power.

  4. I have resigned myself to the idea of Majority Leader McConnell.
    I am even hoping that McConnell manages to avoid whatever gibbering horror from the bottom of the Mandelbrot set has been munching on Harry Reid’s cerebellum.
    There’s a much larger overlap between McConnell’s needs and conservative needs than there is with Reid – sane or not – and it gives Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and yes Marco “still dead to me” Rubio shots at some real power.

    1. It’s going to be hard to keep those guys – or Fischer, or Scott, or a few others – out of useful subcommittee chairs. And I suspect that Senate leadership doesn’t really want to try. There’s a lot of anger in the GOP caucus over the crap that Reid’s done; they’re not adverse to payback.

      1. Well on the upside, I’ve heard that Mitch McConnell hates Harry Reid, so if we take the Senate, I do think he’d have every reason to put the House Bills up for a vote and let Senator Reid try to fillabuster everything.

        The first step to putting the brakes on and reversing some of Obama’s power grab, must include getting control of the US Senate. If we manage to take the Senate, and spook some democrats up for re-election in 2016, they may decide to throw Harry Reid under the bus.

        1. I had thought it was .. somewhat unusual .. for a Dem “majority leader” in either House to become “minority leader”, although in hindsight that could just be the House…
          If Reid’s mind really is going, as his statements increasingly suggest, then .. I would expect he will be quietly pushed into a holding pattern until he’s voted out.

  5. Oh, I really don’t think she was trying to say what everyone is complaining she was saying.

    I think the Israelis would agree that the tunnels are the main problem, that Hamas is kept supplied with rockets only because the tunnels make interdiction difficult ergo the need for Iron Dome. She tried to keep her statement brief, and she ended up trying to stick the square peg in the round hole.

    The problem with giving her any slack on this is that GOP candidates never get any, on any issue, even when they’re clearly and demonstrably correct but just not saying what the press wants to hear.

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