Wednesday, May 23, 2007



I've been meaning to post something about the latest so-called "compromise" on funding for Bush's war ("compromise", in this case, consisting of giving Bush what he wants with no strings attached).

Not surprisingly, Keith Olbermann has said it better than I could have.

Congress, end this war. It's why we elected you.

The Capitulation Bill passed, and is on its way to Bush's desk. The vote to give Bush a blank check was 280-142 in the House, and an amazing 80-14 in the Senate.

Of my own representatives, Brian Bilbray (R, CA-50) voted yes, but that's hardly surprising, since he's a conservative Republican. Senator Barbara Boxer was one of the proud few who voted no (I've already thanked her by e-mail), but Dianne Feinstein voted yes.

Only 10 Democrats in the Senate voted against this bill; the other 4 votes were 3 Republicans (Burr of NC, Coburn of OK, and Enzi of WY) and one Independent (Sanders of VT, who usually votes with the Democrats). Notably, Clinton and Obama both voted no.

My sincere thanks to the 142 Representatives and 14 Senators who voted against this travesty. As for the rest of you, I would appreciate an explanation. If you oppose the Iraq War (as the majority of your constituents do), stop voting to fund it. If you're afraid of being criticized by a president with a 30% (or so) approval rating and no remaining credibility (before today), then get over it.

UPDATE: Why didn't Senator Schumer (D-NY) vote?

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