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The Iraq SellOut- Bad To Worse- David Sirota About the Dems Bragging to the Press About What they Did
 


25 May 2007 at 11:21:18 AM
salon

Yeah. Watching the Dems go on teevee and try to tell the ignorant that they were actually standing up against Bush by voting for funding the war made me ill. But there's a piece to what the Democrats did that make the war vote especially sickening and David Sirota points it out.

In case you believe the malarkey being spewed by the House Rules Committee about the rule vote yesterday not really being the vote to give President Bush a blank check, take a look at the Washington Post and the Associated Press today. I reported this at the beginning of the day yesterday and was then criticized by House Rules Committee Chairwoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY). Now, though, it seems at least some major news organizations have caught on that I was exactly right.

Here's the Associated Press:

"In a highly unusual maneuver, House Democratic leaders crafted a procedure that allowed their rank and file to oppose money for the war, then step aside so Republicans could advance it."

Here's the Washington Post:

"Yesterday's vote to fund the war through September was a historical rarity: the passage of a bill opposed by the speaker of the House and a majority of the speaker's party. Two years ago to the day, then-Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) violated the "Hastert rule" -- that only bills supported by a majority of the majority can come up -- by bringing up legislation to allow federal funding for stem cell research. The majority of the Republican majority opposed the law. He voted against it, but he knew it would never become law over President Bush's signature...The North American Free Trade Agreement passed in 1993, over the objections of most Democrats, who were then in the majority. But NAFTA did have the support of then-Speaker Thomas S. Foley (D-Wash.), as well as the Democratic president, Bill Clinton. In contrast, the Iraq funding bill was not only opposed by the majority of House Democrats, it was also ardently opposed by the speaker and even the lawmaker who drafted it, Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey (D-Wis.). And it is destined to become law. 'To have the chairman and the speaker vote against a bill like this, I've never heard of it,' Hastert said."

And here's the worst part of it all - Democrats are now bragging about it. Not only have they sent out a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraising email attempting to confuse voters by claiming with a straight face that they really stood up to President Bush. But most insulting of all, they are actually running to reporters to pat themselves on the back for engineering a procedural pirouette designed to confuse the public.

Look. The reason the majority of the people in this country are SICK of the Iraq conflict, want it to stop, and EXPECTED THE DEMS TO FIGHT BUSH ABOUT IT, is that it isn't just like running out for ice cream on a summer evening- people are DYING, people are INJURED, money is being WASTED (while that same money could go, say, for PUBLIC HIGHWAYS!). I don't want to hear one more time from some slick-talking pundit that this is politics and how good it is for the next election that it's still Bush's war. NO IT IS NOT.

No one represents me at the national or state level in Texas. Cornyn and Hutchison are both Republican war-mongerers. Chet Edwards (who says he is independent but has a D by his name) might as well be a Republican. Sid Miller and Kip Averitt are Republicans. WHO REPRESENTS ME? Nobody.

And it sure isn't, more generally, the Democratic party. They need to STOP the PR swill to make it look like what they did was okay and just be honest.


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