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Flabbergasted. I can’t even think of words to say. The Lowell Sun has endorsed a Democrat in the MA-05 general election! Niki Tsongas gets the nod from the editorial staff.
From the endorsement: “We were pleased to see Tsongas didn’t hesitate to state her position on President Bush’s recent veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program expansion bill…Ogonowski said he supports SCHIP, but has repeatedly refused to say whether he would support the veto or vote to override…We find his lack of candor on this issue troubling.”
SCHIP is such an important issue, even the Lowell Sun can’t tolerate Ogonowski’s total reluctance to admit what his vote on the override would be. BMG has more commentary.
I’m still just totally stunned. And, this is a huge blow to Ogonowski’s credibility, if he can’t get the generally conservative Lowell Sun’s endorsement.
Because the pressure the Democrats have put on the Republicans has forced them into much more responsible positions. You don’t hear the Republican candidates making breezy statements about “We still have troops in Germany 60 years later,” anymore, do you?
Because “ALL troops” is a nice little bit of misdirection on your part, a rather transparent attempt to pretend that keeping 168,000 troops patrolling Iraq urban areas and, say, 7000 troops protecting the Kurds and mopping up al Qaeda bases are the same thing.
Because now even Republicans are talking about winding down the war - actively promoting a position that they spent the last five years calling people traitors and cowards, and insisting they would never support. Now, they have capitulated to what the Democrats have been saying - let’s call it the Dean/Murtha Plan - and are reduced to arguing that they support it, too.
And, finally, because the election of Nikki Tsongas will be yet another defeat for the Iraq War Party, and it is important for the anti-war majority to keep sending its message loud and clear to Washington, or they’ll backslide.
Oh, and also, because “ALL troops our” refers to the END of with withdrawal, when the question at hand is about the BEGINNING of the withdrawal.
Joe, another pretty well reasoned argument. You should think about hosting your own blog.
Now then, ALL troops is not a misdirection. It’s a central part of the argument. What happens to those left behind when they’re outnumbered and being attacked? That’s why it’s important not to bring the troops home until the job is done, or just admit defeat and get them all out of there ASAP. I’ll assume we understand each other’s positions on this, so I won’t bother getting into it.
As for Congress sending a message, what message has the Pelosi Congress sent? They bang the anti-war drums, blow lots of fire and rhetoric, and in the end, we’ve seen a troop SURGE, not reduction under their watch. Again, we can disagree on whether this is right or wrong, but there’s no denying Congress is powerless in this issue. Only the President can make those types of decisions. All Congress can do is cut funding, which they don’t have the guts to do (rightfully so, BTW).
If you want the troops home, you’ll have to wait till Hillary gets elected. If she gets elected. But don’t be too surprised if when she does get in, she holds the line in Iraq too. Her hubby was a pretty strong anti-war guy too, and he had no problem committing troops when he thought it was justified. Judging by the way she hedges her bets when discussing the war and troops, something tells me she’s not much different than him and that when she becomes commander in chief, she’ll take the role seriously instead of resorting to empty campaign rhetoric and Senate floor bickering.
“All Congress can do is cut funding, which they don’t have the guts to do (rightfully so, BTW).”
Or, pass the special progressive “war tax”, and specifically include those who profit from the war. That would get some attention to bringing this to a conclusion, and prevent future irresponsible authorizations.
God forbid we hurt ourselves (with a tax) before we yoke our children with our stupidity.
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