Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Blue Dogs versus blue states

It's cold comfort that I believe that Bush's "Protect America" bill will be overturned in the future. Colder still that that probably won't happen before 2009, at least.

Most of the offending Democrats were "Blue Dog" Democrats, who are basically Republicans. True, there were eleven Democrats who aren't Blue Dogs but who voted for this abomination, but those are merely spineless sell-outs who'd trade their grandmother for a half-point leap in their polling data.

America's best hope is still the Democratic Party. It's inexcusable that they sold us out on this bill. I'm having trouble calling myself a Democrat right now. We could stand for a better hope, but who would that be? Some say Ron Paul, but he's just a Republican who happens to disagree with the president now and again (a quality that is much rarer these days than it should be, but still doesn't qualify you to be president.) Ralph Nader is just a washed-up spoiler who makes no real points except that neither political party will give you exactly what you want. (Whaddya want? That's life.)

I'm going to continue to condemn the sell-outs who voted for this travesty. That would be not only the 183 Republicans in the House who voted for it, but also the 30 Blue Dog Democrats and the 11 generic spineless Democrats who voted for it, as well. And the same goes for all the Republican senators and the 16 Democratic senators who voted for it, as well.

Regardless, I'm less than thrilled with my party right now, to say the least. Please: write your congresspeople. Let them know how you feel, whether it's positive or negative, and whether you think they'll listen or not. This is important.

Courtesy of the DailyKos, I'll provide you with a list of the 41 Democratic House memebers who voted for this horrible legislation. I'll try to dig up the list of violating senators later. Also useful is the way the Blue Dogs are identified. Where it doesn't say "Blue Dog," you can read "spineless."

Jason Altmire (4th Pennsylvania)
John Barrow (12th Georgia) Blue Dog
Melissa Bean (8th Illinois) Blue Dog
Dan Boren (2nd Oklahoma) Blue Dog
Leonard Boswell (3rd Iowa)
Allen Boyd (2nd Florida) Blue Dog
Christopher Carney (10th Pennsylvania) Blue Dog
Ben Chandler (6th Kentucky) Blue Dog
Rep. Jim Cooper (5th Tennessee) Blue Dog
Jim Costa (20th California) Blue Dog
Bud Cramer (5th Alabama) Blue Dog
Henry Cuellar (28th Texas)
Artur Davis (7th Alabama)
Lincoln Davis (4th Tennessee) Blue Dog
Joe Donnelly (2nd Indiana) Blue Dog
Chet Edwards (17th Texas)
Brad Ellsworth (8th Indiana) Blue Dog
Bob Etheridge (North Carolina)
Bart Gordon (6th Tennessee) Blue Dog
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (South Dakota) Blue Dog
Brian Higgins (27th New York)
Baron Hill (9th Indiana) Blue Dog
Nick Lampson (23rd Texas) Blue Dog
Daniel Lipinski (3rd Illinois)
Jim Marshall (8th Georgia) Blue Dog
Jim Matheson (2nd Utah) Blue Dog
Mike McIntyre (7th North Carolina) Blue Dog
Charlie Melancon (3rd Louisiana) Blue Dog
Harry Mitchell (5th Arizona)
Colin Peterson (7th Minnesota) Blue Dog
Earl Pomeroy (North Dakota) Blue Dog
Ciro Rodriguez (23rd Texas) Blue Dog
Mike Ross (4th Arkansas) Blue Dog
John Salazar (3rd Colorado) Blue Dog
Heath Shuler (11th North Carolina) Blue Dog
Vic Snyder (2nd Arkansas)
Zachary Space (18th Ohio) Blue Dog
John Tanner (8th Tennessee) Blue Dog
Gene Taylor (4th Mississippi) Blue Dog
Timothy Walz (1st Minnesota)
Charles A. Wilson (6th Ohio) Blue Dog

There's the list. Now get writing.

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