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Here's what losing looks, and stinks, like.

That's Tommy Thompson, desperate enough in his losing campaign in Wisconsin to invoke 9/11 more than a decade after the event. And to tell a really big lie while he's at it.

The truth is, Baldwin supported honoring the victims of 9/11 in nine votes, nine votes that Thompson of course ignores. But in 2006, weeks before the election, the Republicans offered a resolution that CQ Weekly said was "stuffed" with "references to GOP-crafted measures that they say improve national security." Here's what Baldwin said on the floor about the resolution and her opposition to it:

“Mr. Speaker, on the fifth anniversary of the worst attack on American soil, my Republican colleagues have disgracefully politicized what should have been a solemn and sincere resolution. This week we are mourning the tragic loses of innocent lives as well as commemorating the unsurpassed heroism that was on display that day.

“We are expressing our gratitude to our Nation's law enforcement officers for their tireless dedication to make our country safer; and we are reaffirming our Nation's resolve to combat terrorism and secure our homeland. But rather than offering a bipartisan resolution that unites us on this solemn occasion, the Republican leadership converted the bill into an endorsement of the PATRIOT Act, punitive immigration bills, and other highly controversial measures, which many of my constituents oppose.

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“This bill was cynically transformed from a memorial resolution to an endorsement of President Bush's failed policies. The Republicans show enormous disrespect to the 9/11 victims and families by playing election year politics with something as solemn as the fifth anniversary of 9/11; I will vote against the bill.”

And now Thompson, desperate and behind in the polls, is cravenly playing politics with it one more time. It's little more than you can expect from a Republican, but it's still despicable.

Click here to donate $3 to Tammy Baldwin on Act Blue.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive and Daily Kos.

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