Thursday, February 08, 2007

Bloggers Goad Walsh into Iraq Stance

So last week, myself and the good folks over at Rochester Turning, criticized Wishy Washy Walsh for living up to his name when pressed to support a bill on Iraq:

But as far as the Senate resolutions, Walsh is still reviewing them and is “uncommitted, at this point, to anything that’s on paper,” spokesman Dan Gage said.

Well soon after our blog posts, Wishy Washy Walsh finally got off the fence and took a position:

Congressman Jim Walsh today announced his support for a bipartisan resolution, introduced in the Senate as S.Con.Res. 7 (The Warner, Nelson, Levin, Collins resolution), expressing disapproval of President Bush's plan to augment U.S. Forces in Iraq with 21,500 additional troops.

Walsh has apparently taken notice that he is being watched and that we aren't going to stand for his Wishy Washy-ness anymore.


At 10:43 AM, Blogger J said...

Wow, I'm getting dizzy... didn't Walsh want to stay the course just a few months ago? What happened? Did US fatality #3095 the straw that broke the camel's back and caused him to reverse course?

On the one hand, I'm glad Jimbo is doing the right thing finally... but on the other I'm disgusted because he's clearly posturing to avoid taking any more heat. It's one thing to change your mind, but it's quite another to flip flop at the turn of the breeze.

At 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not understand. Most people who post here (and on the forum) spent all last fall talking about how Walsh doesn't truly represent/reflect his constituency's views. Clearly NY-25 doesn't support the war in Iraq so Walsh says o.k. I can't support the President's troop surge. Now you criticise him for it.

Isn't that flip/flopping hipocrasy? You are making me dizzy. It is clear that no matter what Walsh does, you find fault. SOme folks need something to complain about.

At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's good that Walsh has changed, but we need to keep the pressure on! Re. the troop resolution - Dan Maffei makes a nice point on his blog (

In the House, there will be a debate next week, but the resolution being debated is (like those in the Senate) non-binding. Now, just because a resolution is non-binding doesn’t mean it has no impact at all. But, at this point, even a strong bipartisan vote of Congress against the President’s troop surge idea is just a confirmation of the clear fact that the American people have no confidence in that Bush plan.

But what about Congress actually taking steps to end the war?

To be fair, Speaker Pelosi and Democratic Leaders describe next week’s debate and vote as the first step of many that will be taken by Democrats to try to force an end to the war. Presumably, this first non-binding resolution is the first step and, if the Bush Administration doesn’t get the picture, it will be followed by legally binding action later on. This is crucial. Our representatives should not just talk the talk, they should walk the walk. The people have spoken and now Congress should not just echo, it should act!

At 2:10 PM, Blogger The Watcher said...

Mr. Anonymous @ 8:11,

Do you work for Jim Walsh? I know you are the person who was too lazy to keep up with his blog, and I know you don't live in the 25th right now. So what is your stake in this all, do you get paid to agree with Jim?

At 2:57 PM, Blogger J said...

8:11 ... I'm very glad Walsh voted against the escalation... it's the motivation behind flip after spending a whole campaign (and congressional career) supporting the president that I question.


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