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The words of an anonymous Senator on Friday:

No one wants to call [Petraeus] a liar on national TV … The expectation is that the outside groups will do this for us.

“Other groups” clearly means and its despicable full-page ad. But who’s the anonymous Senator? Let’s look at some likely suspects … those Senators who enjoyed’s largesse during the 2006 election cycle (to be updated as I dig through the FEC reports):
Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV)
    Contributions to Friends of Robert C. Byrd Committee
    $596,100 3/30/2005 (earmarked contributions)
    $186,644 3/31/2005 (earmarked contributions)
    $51,467 3/31/2005 (earmarked contributions)
    $28,200 3/31/2005 (25 earmarked contributions over $1k)
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
$25,899 (independent expenditure)
    Contributions to Friends of Sherrod Brown
    $287,623 9/12/2006 (earmarked contributions)
    $10,281 9/18/2006 (earmarked contributions)
    $4,000 11/1/2006 (earmarked contributions)
    $4,000 9/12/2006 (4 earmarked contributions over $1k)
    $3,325 9/25/2006 (earmarked contributions)
    $2,000 9/12/2006 (earmarked contribution)
    $1,135 10/7/2006 (earmarked contributions)
Senator Jon Tester (D-MT)
$2,051 (independent expenditure)
    Contributions to Montanans for Tester
    $225,455 11/3/2006 (earmarked contributions)
    $76,333 9/18/2006 (earmarked contributions)
    $36,363 11/6/2006 (earmarked contributions)
    $11,025 9/25/2006 (earmarked contributions)
    $9,200 11/3/2006 (7 earmarked contributions over $1k)
These figures do not cover earmarked contributions under $1000. Why? There were too many to keep track of! Several hundred contributions of $5 or $10 or $50 are significant, but somebody else can run ’em all down; I do have a life. You can still get the sense that certain Senators are wholly-owned subsidiaries of
Pete Hegseth asks the Democrats in Congress “Does speak for you? Do you agree with Or do you repudiate this despicable charge?” I’m going to call the Senators above and ask them the same thing, and I’ll also ask each one if he or she is the anonymous coward qupoted above who expected to do the dirty deed.

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