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  •  No (none)
    You don't vote for Cuellar, ever.  Period.  If the Democratic Party were a real party, it would have tossed his ass a long time ago.  Just like Zell Miller was not thrown out of the senate caucus even though he endorsed Bush and trashed the party at the Republican convention.

    Henry Cuellar must go!

    by Paleo on Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 11:36:31 AM PST

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    •  Uhhh (none)
      so when are Lincoln Chafee, Chris Shays, and Sherwood Boehlert getting their pink slips from the GOP?  Hell, they kept Connie Morella around for years until the Dems finally redistricted her out in 2002.

      A real party serious about building a majority tolerates diversity of views and some degree of bipartisan pandering.

      •  A good one (none)
        Those folks don't deviate from fundamental party positions the way people like Cuellar do.  Have any of them keynoted the Democratic convention the way Miller did the Republican?  What's the point of a party when it refuses to discipline open traitors?  Is it merely a social club?

        Henry Cuellar must go!

        by Paleo on Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 12:09:16 PM PST

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        •  The Miller situation is something different (none)
          He voted to organize with the Republicans and, as you pointed out, spoke at their conventions.  At that point, you're dealing with truth in advertising problems when continuing to call yourself a Dem.  Cuellar has done neither of those things.  He's simply got a good working relationship with the administration and voted with them about half the time.  That makes him, in my book, a maverick like Chafee rather than a fraudster like Miller.
          •  Correction (none)
            "convention" singular--as far as I know.
          •  Re: (none)
            Miller didn't vote to organize with the Republicans.  Cuellar admitted voting for Bush in 2000, and probably did so again in 2004.

            No guts. No glory.

            by Paleo on Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 12:56:06 PM PST

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            •  Are you certain of that? (none)
              I could be wrong, but I thought that his last vote for leadership in '03 was cast for Frist.  Incidentally, that (and addressing the convention) is a far greater sin than simply voting for the opposing party's presidential candidate, as Chafee did in 2004 and as several other Southern Dems did in both '00 and '04.  

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