Saturday, February 17, 2007

Celebrating 17 Men Who Put Country Above Party

Yesterday, in the United States House of Representatives, 17 Republicans crossed the aisle.

By joining with the Democratic majority, they forged a bipartisan rejection of Bush's 'doubling down' on his illegal occupation of Iraq.

Tom Davis, Tim Johnson, Thomas Petri, Steven LaTourette, Ron Paul, Ric Keller, Philip English, Michael Castle, Mark Kirk, John 'Jimmy' Duncan, Jim Ramstad, James Walsh, Howard Coble, Fred Upton, Bob Inglis, Walter Jones, and Wayne Gilchrest

The inevitable peeling back of the Republican rubberstamp on militarism has begun. That's progress. And it's time to recognize it.

Still along way to go, however, to placing George W. Bush in his reserved & deserved place in history.

14 Moderated Comments:

Blogger LTE said...

The rubber stamp is so OVER. The next step is to retire the blank check.

2/17/2007 09:29:00 AM  
Blogger Sapo said...

Those Republicans sure are funny-looking.

2/17/2007 09:51:00 AM  
Blogger Blogging4Food said...

Same ol' M.D. Never cuttin' any slack. None at all.....

2/17/2007 01:24:00 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

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2/17/2007 01:32:00 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

hey look ahelluva lot better to me than those jerks who voted to support the Prez

2/17/2007 01:33:00 PM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

It's not about what they look like; it's about what comes out between their lips. Take John McCain in Des Moines today:

I don't know what the other options are because if we fail here I think it's going to be very difficult to maintain the support of the American people. And when the American people don't support a war ... then we aren't able to maintain a foreign endeavor.

He's been kissing up to Bush so much, he's beginning to sound like him.

2/17/2007 05:42:00 PM  
Blogger Beach Bum said...

I'm surprised, but happy, to see Bob Inglis from the upstate of South Carolina in the pack. Inglis is, or at least was, a hard line Bush conservative and his defection is a testament that even in SC the "stay the course" line will not work anymore. His defection even made NPR this afternoon with the NPR lady talking over the phone with Lee Bandy the political guru for the local Columbia paper.

2/17/2007 06:09:00 PM  
Blogger DB Cooper said...

Is it true that Barak Obama drew 3,000 in South Carolina, today?

2/17/2007 06:49:00 PM  
Blogger Beach Bum said...

Hi DB,
Yeah, he drew really big crowds both in Columbia on Friday and in Orangeburg today. Several local newscasters described his Friday visit to Columbia more as of a party but they reported his speech went over very well. Right now he is going to have to fight for both the African-American vote and white southern Democrat vote from Hillary and John Edwards. Several powerful African-American state legislators have already jumped on the Hillary bandwagon. And Edwards was born in South Carolina, so he got the favorite son thing going. What Obama has going for him is that both Edwards and Hillary have major baggage they still carry and if Obama can keep building on his momentum they both might fade out despite their early advantage.

2/17/2007 08:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anything, these 17 "rebels" represent, more or less, the most futuristic clearvoyants on the right side of the isle. I am quite confident, that it's not that the first or even the second consideration was the good of the country, after all we are talking about politicians. Shame on me, but I don't trust used-car-salesmen and even less the career politicians. But what the hell, one shouldn't check the gift horse's teeth!

2/17/2007 08:44:00 PM  
Blogger GetaLife-ReadUrNews said...

Senator Russ Feingold:

Let me remind my colleagues–when the voters rejected the President’s Iraq policy in November, they weren’t rejecting an escalation. That option wasn’t even on the table then. They were rejecting the President’s policy of trying to achieve a political solution in Iraq with a massive and unlimited military presence. After delaying action for a couple months, the President ignored overwhelming public sentiment, the advice of members of both parties, and the views of military and foreign policy experts when he proposed his escalation. The administration turned its back on the American people. We in Congress should not follow suit. We have a responsibility to our constituents, and to our men and women in uniform. If no one will listen to, and act on, the will of the American people, then there is something seriously wrong with our political system.

After almost four years of a disastrous policy, we must bring our troops out of Iraq. To do otherwise is to ignore public outrage over the war and to ignore the many other, pressing national security priorities that we are neglecting in favor of a myopic focus on Iraq. The American people recognize that there is no U.S. military solution to Iraq’s civil war. And as long as we focus disproportionate attention and resources on Iraq, we will not be able to counter the full range of threats that we face in Afghanistan, in Somalia, and around the world.

2/18/2007 09:34:00 AM  
Blogger Recidivist said...

Where the fuck does the under-employed, mislead U.S. Congress get off digging up old shit like asking Japan to apologize for war-time sex slavery??? Where - in a long, long, long, list of wrong-doing that Congress itself has condoned, conducted, and compiled - does it have time to poke Japan in the eye. What is this crap????

2/19/2007 07:31:00 AM  
Blogger Messenger said...

All hands on deck! The Murtha Smear Is On! Rally in Jack's defense!

2/19/2007 07:55:00 AM  
Blogger Kentucky Rain said...

Amazing! There is courage in Congress!

Impeach Bush!

Nominate Obama!

2/19/2007 02:15:00 PM  

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