Image via WikipediaWow, Markos "Kos" Moulitsas showed no mercy. Tom Tancredo embraces his hard-core right wing credibility, so he was an active participant. He had his "veteran" credibility removed from under him by *actual* veteran Markos. But as a person who suffers from depression myself, I cannot say I am 100% cool with this. It is wrong to use depression as a slur, but, then, what goes around comes around - so I can't feel too sorry for Tancredo.
My regular readers know that I have a significant mental illness. Tom Tancredo got a deferment from serving in Viet Nam due to depression. That illness is basically all that he and I have in common.
I initially thought that it was a cheap shot for Kos to mention the reason for Tancredo's deferment until I saw (via a comment to the original story) that Tancredo had voted against a law that would require insurance companies to treat mental illness the same way as they treat physical illness.
I guess that it was ok for him to stay out of the war due to mental illness but not ok to have people with mental illness treated in the same manner by their insurance company as people with any other chronic (or acute) condition."
Image via WikipediaDisgusting. A diagnosis of depression was good enough to keep him out of Vietnam, a war he publicly supported, but not good enough to count as a "real" disease.