May 7, 2007
Americans With Discivility Act
Huh. I found this partially written post in the "vault," circa a couple of days before Bush vetoed the troop-funding bill shackled to a time-release surrender. Waste not, want not: I changed the most obviously dated sentences, and here it is!
From now on, I reckon we'll have to start calling Sen. "Slow" Joe Biden (D-DE, 100%) Macho Joe Biden instead:
Biden is asked what he'll do when Bush, as is expected, vetoes the Iraq funding bill.
First, he talks about his son, and the equipment soldiers need -- "The idea that we're not building new Humvees with the V-shaped things is just crap. Kids are dying that don't have to die."
And: "Second thing is, we're going to shove it down his throat."
And where Macho Joe goeth, can the Pink Sapphire, alias the Silky Pony, be far behind?
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards said Monday [just before vetoing the Democratic surrender bill -- the Mgt.] he believes President Bush will capitulate if Congress continues to confront him with bills to pull troops out of Iraq. [Yeah, that'd be my guess, too... remember all those times he backed down on the Iraq war? -- the Mgt.]
"The president is just ignoring what the Congress is saying and ignoring what the American people want," Edwards said in an interview in Las Vegas. "He just doesn't care. He's just going to do whatever he wants, and he has to be stopped."
The fiend... the very Devil himself! So the president wants to play rough, eh? So he won't take Congress' whip for an answer?
Although Bush said Monday he would work with Congress on an alternative, Edwards said legislators must not compromise.
Instead, Edwards said Congress should continue to pass similar bills. "They need to submit another bill to him with a timetable, and they need to continue doing it until he finally signs one," he said. Asked whether he believed Bush would back down in such a showdown, he said, "Eventually."
Whew! Tough talk from a guy who was originally known as the Breck Girl before he picked up his other two monikers.
This is real "taunt the caged lion" stuff: Two guys whose only previous demonstration of courage is moving faster than the speed of light to kow-tow to Kos and MoveOn.org on everything from Iraq withdrawal to rejecting the tax cuts to refusing to debate other Democrats in a forum sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus... because it's also sponsored by (cue the melodramatic music) the Fox News Channel.
Great Scott, they might have to field a question from Britt Hume! Maybe he'll take his cue from Chris Matthews: "What is the thing that you like best about America?" That'll stump the Democrats.
Mockery aside, what irritates me most is that Democrats only seem to show feistiness when there is nothing on the line: The president is not going to physically attack them, as al-Qaeda would; he won't even force them to make a decision and accept accountability for it; but if Democratic candidates for president are insufficiently uncivil and insolent, they incur the wrath of the nutroots... and that sets their knees a-knock.
So instead of showing some spine by joining Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT, 75%) and actually supporting the war against a quasi-Fascist fundamentalist theocracy -- which you and I and Chris Hitchens think should be the essence of liberal democracy -- they emit belicose, schoolyard threats to someone they know will simply ignore them.
There is little I despise more than cowardice. I wonder how many independents -- and even center-left Democrats -- have sufficient manliness to be as creeped out by this poltroonery as I?
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, May 7, 2007, at the time of 3:52 AM
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The following hissed in response by: Dan Kauffman
What plays with the Party Base may not play with the Electorate at large. We have how many more months of Lemming Left rhetoric before the Election? ;-)
The above hissed in response by: Dan Kauffman at May 7, 2007 4:34 AM
The following hissed in response by: Steelhand
Quite simply the candidate putting the pragmatic for himself ahead of the country and the military that serves it. I understand a few whack jobs being willing to be a party to the mass slaughter of Sunni's in Iraq. I fully accept that Americans told again and again about the useless struggle we are committed to don't know or consider or care about same.
But (haw haw) our Senators and Congressmen are supposed to be leaders. This is not cowardice, this is crass opportunism disguised as service. To pass a bill specifically to be vetoed is, somewhat, acceptable political theater. To pass measure after measure to give talking points to the press, without regard for the impact on enemies and allies alike is almost too cynical for words.
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