Rubber Stamp of the Week
The DCCC has named Jimbo the Rubber Stamp Republican of the Week. Here's what the Sub-Standard has to say:
"I do believe the Republican leadership here in the nation's capital is way out of step with voters in this district," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., the committee's recruitment chairman and a leader in its effort to pick off enough Republican incumbents in Democratically inclined states to wrest control of Congress. "I don't think the voters want a representative who is joined at the hip with the Bush administration."
Walsh has voted with President Bush 88 percent of the time, according to the DCCC.
Friday, he became the "Rubber Stamp of the Week" on the group's Web site, www.dccc.org.
The Walsh votes highlighted by the DCCC Friday include approvals for an energy bill that included subsidies and tax breaks for oil and gas industries, the GOP's Medicare prescription drug bill, budget bills that reduced proposed spending in areas like federal student loans, Medicaid and child support enforcement.
Most of Walsh's independent votes were cast within the last six to eight months, Maffei noted Friday.
"A year ago, he voted 93 percent of the time with the administration," Maffei said. "That changed when it became clear he would have an opponent."
And now for my new favorite, stupid Dan Gage quotes:
Gage said many of the votes were on budget bills that Walsh had already amended to include more spending on items like student loans than the original GOP version had.
Sounds kinda like, "I voted for it before I voted against it."