Generally, Democrats have been the party on the defensive when it comes to who best "supports the troops." In the 2004 presidential campaign, for example, Republicans attacked Democratic nominee John Kerry for voting "against funding our soldiers."
Last night, however, it was the Republicans who were voting against "funding our soldiers" -- sort of. As part of their effort to stall health care legislation, Senate Republicans tried to filibuster a bill that included $626 billion for Pentagon spending. A stopgap funding measure was set to expire at the end of the day Friday. Only three Republicans voted to move the bill forward.
"It is inconceivable to me that such a situation would be permitted to occur with U.S. forces actively deployed in combat," Defense Secretary Robert Gates wrote in a letter to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (pictured) Thursday.
Now Democrats are trying to generate political capital from the situation, having been on the other side of the equation in the past. White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer wrote on the White House blog that it "the depth of the hypocrisy involved [on the part of Republicans] is stunning."
Pfeiffer pointed to comments made by Republicans in 2007, when Congress was debating the war in Iraq.