Nervous Republicans

Not that they don’t have reason to be, but Republicans appear to be a little nervous these days. Pulling every string at their disposal to keep a tight lid on their criminal activities, today they blindsided Democrats by forcing a vote on a bill that would have required the President to provide documents relating to the White House Iraq Group (WHIG):

Hyde had barely finished telling the ranking minority member, Rep. Lantos, that he was probably going to allow some more discussion, then take a recess so that members could vote, and reconvene later after enough time for them to eat. Barely had 3 or 4 Democrats wandered out of the room (a common occurrence on both sides, since members are constantly wandering out in the back hallway to go make phone calls or meet visitors or talk to staffers), when the GOP committee staff started overtly counting heads. Seconds later, Rep. Rohrabacher called the question, forcing a vote.

As usual, Ron Paul was left being one of the only honest Republicans in Congress:

Only 2 Republicans stood up for finding out the truth–Rep. Jim Leach of Iowa and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Paul, who seems to be an extremely rare species, an honest conservative who is angry about the lies that took us to war, even had the decency to publicly compliment Kucinich for being consistent by not just investigating the war now but also opposing it beforehand.


– It took Rep. Paul, a libertarian Republican from TX, to point out a couple obvious things: Americans deserve to know how we were taken to war; the Congress let the President go to war, instead of asserting its Constitutional right to declare war (the basis of the lawsuit that fellow co-founder and possible MA Secretary of State candidate John Bonifaz brought in early 2003 in an attempt to stop the war from starting); and we need to change our foreign policy. He also noted that between 2000 and 2004, he had voted alone 126 times, by far the most of anyone in Congress–the man does have principles.

Update: I smell a terrorist attack coming. Or at least some more fear mongering by the bird flu crowd.

  1. From the second link

    GOP insiders who have seen the memo admit it’s a risky strategy and point out that such scenarios are “blue sky thinking” that often occurs in political planning sessions.

    “The President’s popularity was at an all-time high following the 9/11 attacks,” admits one aide. “Americans band together at a time of crisis.”

    You’re damn fucking right it’s a risky strategy! What kind of insane discussions go on at these meetings. If this doesn’t set alarms off in everyone’s head that THE ADMINISTRATION DOESN’T CARE ABOUT YOU, then I don’t know what I could possibly say to convince you.

    This government has exploited every national tragedy to grab as much power as possible, under the guise that they’ll protect us ‘next time’. One has to wonder if they aren’t just letting all of this happen merely to step in and save the day… the big government way.

    Remind you of Katrina anyone?

  2. Bird Flu, 9/11, same purpose. Scare the people into a state of shock, then wham take away their rights. First the patriot act, then the Bird Pan(dem)ic quarantine. What’s next.

  3. Republicans don’t know it yet, but, they is another reason they should be extremely nervous. A grassroots organization went online on October 16 called VOID, or Vote Out Incumbents for Democracy. Withing days of its going online, founded by one person, it had a volunteer staff of 6 people, hundreds of dollars in donations, and their work was begun in earnest.

    VOID can be summed up neatly by its description in their web site header:

    Goal: Force new freshman politicians to solve America’s problems. How: Unite Americans to vote out politicians seeking reelection, until the goal is met. Why: The status quo is the foe.

    While VOID is non-partisan and endorses no political party, and its volunteers include liberals, conservatives and in between, the Republicans are going to bear the brunt of VOID’s success since they hold the most incumbent seats. When 18 year high school students run for mayor on a write in ticket against a seasoned incumbent, you just know there is an anti-incumbent sentiment out there waiting to be tapped.

  4. The status quo is the foe !

    Ain’t that the truth !
    98% of the House retained their seats in 2002.
    85% of the Senate retained their seats.
    The incumbents have an unfair advantage.
    There’s a reason those incumbent seats are so highly coveted and prized.
    The incumbents are FOR SALE.
    The federal government is FOR SALE.
    The incumbents are so entrenched in partisan warfare, and fueling it by seducing voters into participation in partisan warfare, so consumed by raising money from big money donors, so beholding to a few that abuse vast wealth and power, that the incumbents ignore The People and the many serious problems that a majority of voters already agree upon that need attention now, and the incumbents are selfishly threatening the future and security of the nation.
    The People can quickly resolve the problem, by merely doing the simple, non-partisan, inexpensive, responsible thing they should have been doing all along: Vote Out Incumbents for Democracy, to restore a balance (not simply shift it or strip all power to accomplish anything) of power between government and The People, and peacefully force government to be responsible and accountable too !
    What we’ve been doing ain’t workin’ is it ?
    Either way, the problem will solve itself, eventually.
    We can do it the hard way (and repeat history again),
    or we, The People, can do the smart way (and make history).