Friday, February 16, 2007

Thank Goodness Davy Got those Reinforcements . . .

. . . Otherwise, Santa Ana might have taken the Alamo.

FOXNews.com - House Lawmakers Borrow Historic Quotes in Iraq Resolution Debate - Politics | Republican Party | Democratic Party | Political Spectrum: "In perhaps the oddest use of history, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., imagined Davy Crockett, his back against the wall at the Alamo, getting a message on his Blackberry from Congress saying 'we support you' but won't be sending any reinforcements.

'I'm sure that would be really impressive to Davy Crockett,' Akin said."

9 comments:

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

The message would have gone to William Barret Travis, not Davy, since Travis was in command at the Alamo. There was one attempt to reinforce the Alamo, of course, when Fannin led a force of about 400 men from Goliad. He ended up surrendering to the Mexicans, who executed most of them in an open field.

Bill Crider said...

Thanks for some real history, Cap'n.

Todd Mason said...

You might just have to admire a guy so ill-informed and wrong-headed that Fox News felt the need to point it out.

Bill Crider said...

Not to mention a guy who comes up with the image of Davy using a Blackberry.

Fred Blosser said...

Maybe in the version of Texas history taught in Missouri, Congress approved a troop surge and the boys in the Alamo won. Apropos of nothing except that Cap'n Bob mentioned Fannin, my wife was seriously creeped out by Goliad when we visited the mission and the presidio a couple of years ago.

Jeff Meyerson said...

The guy's a Congressman, what else do you expect?

Then again, wasn't Crockett a Congressman at one point?

Bill Crider said...

Sure enough, he was.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

Crockett was a congressman from Tennessee. When he opposed Andy Jackson's Indian removal policy he lost his party's support and lost his re-election. He allegedly said of his constituents, "They can go to hell, I'm going to Texas." Which he did, and died at the Alamo. In battle, no matter what a bunch of candy-assed revisionists are claiming.

Gerard said...

Why the heck would Congress support a bunch of dudes over in Mexico anyway? They weren't there fighting for the U.S.

I suppose I'm just beating a dead horse.