Senator Lautenberg Is old Enough To Know Better

Today in the U.S. Senate, New Jersy’s eighty-year-old Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg called Vice President Dick Cheney a “chicken hawk” for receiving four student deferments that kept him from being drafted into the military. Bloomberg reports that Lautenberg continued:

"Chicken hawks -- they shriek like a hawk, but they have the backbone of a chicken," Lautenberg, 80, said. "When it was their turn to serve, where were they? A-W-O-L, that's where."

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"The reality is that the chicken hawks in this administration are doing a lousy job of bolstering our nation's defense and supporting the troops," he said.

Please! An eighty-year-old U.S. senator acting like a young elementary school child, reduced to calling the Vice-President of the United States names. At his age and with his experience, Lautenberg should be able to argue, debate, or campaign by engaging opponents in a meaningful discussion on important issues, instead of resorting to name calling about events which occurred more than thirty years ago.

At eighty, Lautenberg is certainly old enough to better.

I am sick and tired of having to listen to name calling about events from the sixties which have no relevance to the important issues which should be considered in this presidential campaign. I long for a meaningful debate on issues such as how best to defend the country, how to win the war against terror, education policy, and immigration reform.

Posted by Dan Spencer at April 28, 2004 11:36 PM