March 22, 2006

Your Turn: Let's Roll


“Fighting Democrat” Tammy Duckworth wins Democratic Congressional primary in Illinois’ 6th. Story here.

Is it politically incorrect to discuss the visual power of Ms. Duckworth and her candidacy?  In general, people seem uncomfortable publicly dealing with the subject of the “physically challenged.”  Still, Ms. Duckworth is a woman; an Asian-American; an Iraq War veteran; she’s charasmatic; and she’s missing two lower legs.  With heavy backing of the Democrat party, she just beat a more experienced Democratic challenger.  How do you read it?

(With Henry Hyde’s seat in play, Rahm Emanuel reads it like a potential slam dunk.)

(image 1: Chip Somodevilla/Reuters. March 17, 2005. Via YahooNews.  Caption: Maj. Tammy Duckworth testifies during a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing in Washington. Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran who lost both legs in the conflict held a slim lead on Wednesday in her bid to run for Congress as a Democrat in a district held by Republicans for 32 years)

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