Bad Democrats

11 Mar

Glenn Greenwald over at Salon.com nails it right on the head in this article. The entire article is worth reading (it’s not that long) but here’s the money quote:

As this week’s red-district election to Congress of anti-telecom-amnesty candidate Bill Foster demonstrates, they’re not doing these things because it’s politically necessary. There doing it because more than enough Democrats believe in the virtues of telecom amnesty and warrantless eavesdropping–just as they believe in the continued occupation of Iraq, the abolition of habeas corpus, the “enhanced interrogation techniques” authorized by the Military Commissions Act, concealing Bush’s illegal eavesdropping programs, and a long array of other radical Bush policies that now have bipartisan Congressional support.

I wondered whether Joe Donnelly, my congressional representative, falls into this category. Last week I was ready to write Donnelly a letter telling him he no longer has my financial support. But then, figuring I should know some facts first, I did some research. On a good number of issues, Donnelly votes along with the Congressman that I use as a yardstick, Robert Wexler (D-FL). Donnelly even voted in favor of the House bringing legal action to have Harriet Miers and Josh Bolten held in contempt of Congress.

But the web site OpenCongress.org shows that Donnelly votes most consistently with Indiana’s Brad Ellsworth (a theoretical Democrat). Firedoglake has identified six House Democrats who need to get punished for their activities (by way of an advertising campaign in their district), and Ellsworth is one of them.

And when Donnelly gets praise from the right-wing National Review, it’s time to stop wondering and start worrying.

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