Wednesday, April 28

Lautenberg Takes One For The Team

Sure, he'll be the flypaper for the next round of White House terrorism, but in Kerry's battle, maybe the cavalry has finally arrived...

Lautenberg Calls Cheney 'Lead Chickenhawk'
Says V.P. Shrieks Like A Hawk, Has Backbone Of A Chicken

WASHINGTON (AP) Tossing a verbal egg at Dick Cheney's military record, Sen. Frank Lautenberg blasted the vice president Wednesday as the "lead chickenhawk," who squawks about John Kerry's Vietnam War record despite never serving himself.

"The chickenhawk has no idea what it means to have the courage to put your life at risk to defend this nation," Lautenberg said on the Senate floor. "But they are quick to disparage those who did sacrifice."

In his speech, Lautenberg, D-N.J., defined chickenhawk "as having the shriek of a hawk but the backbone of a chicken."

"We know who the chickenhawks are," he said. "They talk tough on national defense and military issues and cast aspersions on others, but when it was their turn to serve, they were AWOL from courage."