Unfortunately, the good Senators didn't get quite what they bargained for.
Instapundit (like he needs the link) reports
"They got stiff reactions from those home-state soldiers," one official told us. "The troops down there expressed their disdain for that kind of commentary, especially comparisons to the gulag."Austin Bay summarizes the Democrats that he knows in uniform:
I know some troops who are very liberal socially and are the kind of lightning the Democratic Party needs– but they don’t have any truck with Sen. Durbin’s “Gitmo gulag” comments and Pelosi-Kennedy-Boxer-Dean defeatism. They are centrists, like Joe Lieberman. Harry Truman would be proud of them. So would Jack Kennedy.Austin Bay goes further, to quote an article by Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough.
Both senators made no mention of the incident in press statements after the visit. Mr. Kennedy, in his statement, said that he is “impressed with the courtesies and professionalism of the men and women in our armed forces.”So, Senator Kennedy is impressed with the courtesy and professionalism of our armed forces.
Hmmm. Sounds like the rotund Senator learned that one can be polite and still disagree. Can be professional and still disagree. Sounds also like his own constituents read him the riot act. That's gotta add to his heartburn quotient.