Going Titus Pullo on their asses.

At one point in the emotional debate, Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, told of a phone call she received from a Marine colonel.

“He asked me to send Congress a message — stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message — that cowards cut and run, Marines never do,” Schmidt said. Murtha is a 37-year Marine veteran.

Democrats booed and shouted her down — causing the House to come to a standstill. Rep. Harold Ford (news, bio, voting record), D-Tenn., charged across the chamber’s center aisle screaming that Republicans were making uncalled-for personal attacks. “You guys are pathetic! Pathetic!” yelled Rep. Marty Meehan (news, bio, voting record), D-Mass.

Democrats gave Murtha a standing ovation as he entered the chamber and took his customary corner seat.

Murtha has proposed his own resolution that would force the president to withdraw the nearly 160,000 troops in Iraq “at the earliest practicable date.” It would establish a quick-reaction force and a nearby presence of Marines in the region. It also said the U.S. must pursue stability in Iraq through diplomacy.

The Republican alternative simply said: “It is the sense of the House of Representatives that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately.”

“This is a personal attack on one of the best members, one of the most respected members of this House and it is outrageous,” said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (news, bio, voting record), R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, however, said the resolution vote was not a stunt. “This is not an attack on an individual. This is a legitimate question.”

A growing number of House members and senators, looking ahead to off-year elections next November, are publicly worrying about a quagmire in Iraq. They have been staking out new positions on a war that is increasingly unpopular with the American public, has resulted in more than 2,000 U.S. military deaths and has cost more than $200 billion.

First of all, Duncan Hunter, if it was a legitimate question, why not call it a year ago? A month ago? A week ago? Why just now? You know, there are serious Republicans in the House, people I disagree with but who clearly have some thought behind their positions and who understand what it is they do for a living. And then there are people who just got there because people were voting for anything with an R after its name. See also Schmidt, Jean.

You know what I find funniest about this whole thing? The Democrats have just turned the whole Republican game around. Remember when, after the start of the war, to criticize the president was to criticize the troops? You couldn’t say a bad word about Bush, couldn’t opine that perhaps it would be nice to have a preznit who spoke in complete sentences without the aid of a Teleprompter, without being accused of wanting to eat the barbecued babies of red-blooded American fighting men.

Well, now you criticize Murtha and you hate the Marines. You criticize Murtha, five-deferment-Dick, and you bring down the wrath of God.

They cooked this meal and now they’re eating it. Good. Let them stuff themselves until they choke.