Why is anyone surprised?
Atrios notes that Congressional Republicans are apparently planning to show up at the State of the Union Address with purple ink on their fingers to show how they support Iraqi voters.
Let me set aside for the moment that Iraqi voters might be better served by the US having a responsible policy in Iraq (which would include, you know, not torturing prisoners), and just say this. After the "Purple Heart bandaid" incident at the Republican National Convention, why should this kind of crap surprise anyone? Give me a break.