While Rush would never consider condemning a soldier fighting to defend the United States, irrespective of his political views, the left often treats one's political views as disqualifying him from legitimacy as a member of a certain group.
Consider how they treat blacks, like Clarence Thomas or Condoleezza Rice, who don't subscribe to their leftist agenda. The left holds itself out as the savior of African Americans yet often treats with scorn conservative blacks.
To them, Thomas and Rice aren't authentic blacks but Uncle Toms who not only aren't entitled to protection against racial insensitivity but deserve to be subjected to it, as with the vulgar leftist racist cartoons depicting Condi Rice as a thick-lipped Aunt Jemima. Liberals didn't hold their fellow travelers accountable for those racist caricatures because liberals aren't champions of black people -- they're only champions of those blacks who subscribe to their political agenda and who will help keep them in power.
But I digress. If Harry Reid et al. wanted to be taken seriously with their manufactured fable about Rush, they shouldn't have feigned outrage at him for allegedly criticizing soldiers. That just doesn't pass the laugh test.
Then again, Reid knows he can get away with such abominable behavior because no lie is too low if it advances the cause -- and there is no better cause in their minds than destroying their most powerful nemesis, Rush.
For absolute proof of this, you need look no further than a recent New York Times story reporting Reid's thoroughly discredited lies about Rush as if they were fact. The Times also reported as legitimate Reid's preposterous ploy to pretend he had been working in concert with Rush's radio syndication partners to maximize proceeds from Rush's unilateral auctioning of Reid's letter attempting to smear him. This, even though everyone knows the only reason the letter brought more than $2.1 million (plus Rush's match) was that it memorializes and showcases Harry Reid's shameful abuse of power.
Alas, not everyone is as credulous as Reid would hope, as his cratering poll numbers in Nevada reveal. From what I hear, those aren't phony numbers.