Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Repuplican "deathbed moderates"

The Washington Post's Harold Mayerson writes in tomorrow's edition that Republican "moderates" such as Lincoln Chafee and Olympia Snowe are a sham. He did not mention puppy dog Walsh, but may as well have been. His point, which is an important argument in CNY's case, is that even though such "moderates" may have occasionally voted against Bush on this or that issue (torture, Iraq, etc), they are in fact pillers of support for "gorge-the-rich, drown-the poor" Repulicanism. Specifically, they vote for the extremist leadership of the Senate and House:
"The issue is that under Republican control, both houses have abandoned any effort to address America's real problems. The House and Senate vote to ban flag-burning and gay marriage but never quite find the time to slow the rising costs of health care or raise the minimum wage or mandate fuel efficiency standards lest the polar ice cap melt. Chafee, Snowe and DeWine (TLB: Walsh?) readily admit that a melted polar ice cap would be troublesome; they will fight it tooth and nail. But come time to vote for majority leader, they always vote for a leader of a party in thrall to big oil."

"unless these moderates boldly go where they have not gone before and cast their vote for majority leader (and I don't mean in caucus, I mean on the Senate floor) for someone other than the nominee of their party caucus, they are not moderates at all. They are loyal and indispensable foot soldiers in the Republicans' continuing campaign to drag the nation rightward and backward.And guess what. The moderates will vote for the extremist. "Moderate," after all, is only an adjective; "Republican" is a noun. Chafee, Snowe, the whole lot of them, are moderate enablers of an extremist party."

We CANNOT let Walsh get away with any false pretenses of being a moderate.




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