Yeah, we're not gonna do this
Democratic Maryland gubernatorial candidate Douglas Gansler on Monday disparaged his primary opponent’s service in Iraq, criticizing him as “somebody who has never managed anybody, never run anything.”
Gansler’s rival, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, spent five years on active duty in the Army in the 1980s and has been a reservist since.
“You know, his (campaign) ads are about how he was a lawyer in Iraq, and that’s all fine and good, but this is a real job, and we need to have somebody who actually has leadership experience,” Gansler said at an event on Monday sponsored by the Tech Council of Maryland.
I don't care what you're running for or which party you hail from, spending five years in the Army counts as a real damn job. Going to Iraq is also a real damn job, and not thinking of people in the military as having real damn jobs is one of the bigger reasons our leaders keep doing excessively stupid things in the foreign policy realm. And no, Gansler can't brush off a statement like that as a simple misstatement. You don't say something like that unless the thought was already in your noggin.
Gansler, it should be noted, seems to be a magnet for controversy, most of it self-inflicted.