Guy Benson
...or something.  Could this statement be any more self-serving or out-of-touch?

CHEATHAM: The thing that sticks in my mind, I guess, more than anything else — and this is something that has happened. My wife teaches first grade. This past week, one of the kids in her class, a little first grader’s dad is getting sent to Afghanistan. And he was really sad. And she said, ‘well, you know, your dad is doing something really good. He’s going to a country where people there are trying to take away the freedoms of other people there, keep them from living a good life. So he’s leaving to do something good.’ And one of the little girls in class just on her own — and this has never been talked about in class, because my wife doesn’t do that — said, ‘It’s kind of like Mr. Cheatham, he left to make our schools better.’ And when I heard that, that gave me a reason —”

Representative Dave Cheatham:  A hero in his own mind. 

Jim Geraghty extrapolates this idiotic analogy to its illogical conclusion:

Fleeing the state and refusing to show up for work as a state legislator is just like serving in the U.S. military in Afghanistan! And I guess that would mean Republican state legislators are the Taliban and al-Qaeda in this metaphor.

A piece of unsolicited advice for Rep. Cheatham:  Get over yourself and do your job.  It's what you were elected to do, and what our men and women in uniform valorously volunteer to do every day.  Except their task is harder and much more perilous than yours, so you might want to apologize for dishonoring them with self-aggrandizing statements like the one above. 

Guy Benson

Guy Benson is's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).

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