Mary Anne Marsh has sold her beautiful soul to the devil. Type her pink-cheeked All-American name into a Google search, and the first entry to pop up describes this golden girl of Massachusetts politics in glowing terms, a graduate of Boston's Wheaton College about to address the current crop of political science students at her alma mater in the spring of 2000:
Political pundit Mary Anne Marsh, Wheaton class of 1979, will address Wheaton students studying political science on Tuesday, April 11 at 6 p.m. Marsh, named one of the eight most influential women behind the scenes in Massachusetts politics by the Boston Globe, will speak on the upcoming presidential election and her experiences as a media talking head at CNN, MSNBC, and Fox Cable News over dinner in the Chase Small dining hall.
This gal was front and center in your face during all that was Monica a few years back, treating us, the citizenry, as idiots for doubting the veracity of her oral-sex-lovin' boss, the ever-truth-telling Bubba, who told us "I am not having sexual relations with that woman" and asked us, in all seriousness, to depend on what his definition of "is, is." Now this same shameless woman is asking us to subscribe to the notion that George W. Bush "betrayed his country by not fighting in Vietnam."
It was one thing to defend Bubba. As unspeakable as his lies and behavior were to us Vast Right-Wing Conspirators, he was unquestionably a charismatic "man of hope" to his Kool-Aid-drinking devotees. But John Kerry? No, no, Mary Anne. He's not worth it. This once honorable woman was on Hannity and Colmes last night, again attempting a lame defense of the indefensible John Kerry's all-about-me public record vs. GW's honorable record of service to this country, and it was obvious her heart wasn't in it. But now we are alarmed, afraid of the sleeping giant of Vietnam-veteran rage that she, John "reporting for duty" Kerry and their ilk have unwittingly roused. We got a minor 'lanche of visits to the site via Google searches of "Mary Anne Marsh" last night -- presumably precipitated by Ms. Marsh's repeat performance on H&C -- including a number of impassioned comments from vets who aren't going to take it anymore. Their observations are heart wrenching, and we recommend you read them all. As USAF vet Tom writes:
Now I see why the returning soldiers were treated so badly when they got back in the States, and it was because of people like Mary Anne Marsh. John Kerry owes all veterans an apology for what he did after he returned from Nam, and he owes us another apology for having a person as stupid as Mary Anne Marsh represent him on a panel.
While we couldn't agree that the brilliant Mary Ann Marsh is stupid, we do feel in our heart of hearts that her emotional intelligence is lacking when it comes to the moral careers of honorable men dishonored by a former fellow soldier in arms. We're talking George Will's "intellectually vain politics of condescension," blogged here and here yesterday.