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As you know, yesterday was another day of hypocrisy for Republicans who refuse to challenge the President's failed policy in Iraq.  Even after President Bush was forced to admit in his interim report that the Iraqis are not meeting the key benchmarks that he set out for his surge strategy, Republicans continue to support the President's war without end in Iraq.

Yesterday’s House vote to responsibly redeploy our combat troops in Iraq was a test for Republicans who say the right things and then vote again and again to rubber stamp President Bush’s war without end.  Americans deserve more from Republicans than sound bytes and speeches.  Republicans will be held accountable by their constituents for blindly supporting President Bush's failed Iraq strategy that does not serve our national security.

In order to change course in Iraq, we must work together to expose these Republicans' hypocrisy.  We need your help to make sure every constituent knows that these Republicans are continuing to ignore the will of the people.

More than six months into the troop surge, it is clear the President’s Iraq strategy is not working – more than 3,600 American troops have been killed and thousands more have been injured, U.S. taxpayers are spending $10 billion a month, and the Iraqi government has failed to meet the agreed upon political, economic or military benchmarks.

Join bloggers from across the country and expose these Republicans whose rhetoric fails to match their record:

Democracy for New Mexico:

As usual, Repub Rep. Heather Wilson is trying to have it both ways. She's continuing to blindly support the Bush Iraq agenda while pretending to want what's right for the American people, our troops and her constituents in NM-01.

West Virginia Blue:

Shelley Moore Capito on Iraq accountability:

"...I believe Congress must provide the oversight needed to hold the President and the Iraqi government accountable for achieving success in Iraq."

Tonight Capito voted no on yet another bill that would have done that.

She says one thing and votes another.

Blue Jersey:

Despite all their transparent "concerns," each of New Jersey's Republican Congressmen eventually voted to support that escalation. In doing so, they continue to support the failed status quo in Iraq.

Thank you for all of your hard work and I look forward to reading more of your posts.

Originally posted to DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 09:12 AM PDT.

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  •  More! (29+ / 0-)

    Brandon from the DCCC blog here.  Please let us know in the comments if you see any good local blogs fighting the good fight on Iraq and we’ll post the best ones on The Stakeholder.

  •  Good work (18+ / 0-)

    I remember the bad old days when all the DCCC wanted from us activists was money. Glad to see we can help in other ways as well.

    "You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your fucking khakis." - Tyler Durden

    by RandySF on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 09:08:47 AM PDT

  •  We need your help more, Mr. Chairman (18+ / 0-)

    Why does the House continue to fund the war when a majority of the majority obviously does not want to?

  •  Maybe if Congress would start impeachment.... (27+ / 0-)

    proceedings,the hypocrisy would be exposed and you wouldn't have to beg the bloggers to do Congress' work for them.  At least you aren't asking for more money.

    The meek shall inherit nothing. -F.Zappa

    by cometman on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 09:09:51 AM PDT

  •  No one penny. (10+ / 0-)

    I will donate to individual campaigns only.

    And with the exception of Congressman Patrick Murphy, tell the Blue Dog Caucus to kiss my ass.

    Shut up and impeach.

    by HarveyMilk on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 09:11:56 AM PDT

  •  Three issues ... (41+ / 0-)
    • We do need to hold the Republicans' feet to the fire on this. And we need to tell the so-called "defectors" who NPR and others are saying have "broken ranks" over Cheney-Bush's Iraq policy that it takes more than vague comments about changing course before one becomes a real defector. In the Cold War, when KGB and other Soviet defectors came wandering up to the CIA's backdoor, they had to give up something secret and useful about the USSR before they were truly considered defectors. And even then, suspicions were not wholly dropped. So far, most of the GOP defectors have proved they aren't really willing to defect.
    • We still have some Democrats - fewer now than in May, it seems - who don't get it. And they should get it - like primary threats, like reduced support from the national party, like call-outs for their unwillingness to support their constituents. These hold-outs should not get a free ride just because the majority of Dems are now leaning toward changing Iraq policy.
    • We need to see a real Iraq withdrawal policy coming from Democrats, not some half-assed, halfway measure whose only redeeming quality is that it is bipartisan.
  •  Jim Himes' comment about Chris Shays (14+ / 0-)

    From a press release I received last night from Jim Himes, who is running for Congress in Connecticut's Fourth Congressional District against Rep. Chris Shays:

    "Chris Shays' vote today is a betrayal of the trust of the people of the 4th Congressional District.  Rep. Shays promised voters last year that he would support a timeline for troop withdrawal from Iraq, but since the election, not only has he failed to support timelines for ending the war, he has enthusiastically supported President Bush's escalation of the war.

    "Since the so-called "surge" supported by Shays began earlier this year, nearly 600 more American troops have been killed in Iraq.  While Chris Shays continues to support spending $329 million dollars a day in Iraq with no end in sight, he is neglecting the real needs of the people of the 4th Congressional District.

    "Today, Rep. Shays called again for a new Iraq Study Group report, while disregarding the most important recommendation of the Iraq Study Group: to end major combat operations in Iraq by spring 2008. Rep. Shays' vote today not only goes against ISG recommendations, it is in direct violation of his campaign promise to the people of the 4th District.  After 5 years of Chris Shays steadfastly supporting Bush's failed Iraq policy, it's time for a change. "

  •  Another Press Release BS (6+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    decon, BenGoshi, DaveV, mswsm, victoria2dc, llbear

    Why can't we stop Press Releases from being posted on here by staffers.  If they can't stick around and answer questions, they don't belong on here.

    Republicans are not a national party anymore.

    by jalapeno on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 09:19:42 AM PDT

  •  Bush wants to test executive power with Miers (2+ / 0-)
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    sherlyle, victoria2dc

    It looks like Conyers is moving wisely and carefully here.  Rove is trying to set a trap where a pro-Bush Supreme Court will step him and grant Bush the "power" to ignore any and all subpoena's.  As John Dean carefully articulates over at findlaw.com, Congress would be wise to dust off under utilized rules passed decades ago to force Miers to testify.

    Good luck!!!  Great work!!  We likely the passage of yesterday's bill!!!  You got the message!!!

  •  Hey Chris - I'm a Constituent of Yours (19+ / 0-)

    We live in Mont. County and I've contacted your office several times to urge you to support efforts to start hearings to look in to whether Bush & Cheney should be impeached.

    I'm not talking about actually impeaching them at this point - and neither is anyone else - but why won't you support hearings by signing on as a co-sponsor to H Res 333 (this relates to Cheney specifically)?

    It's clear the White House has absolutely no intention of complying with Congressional subpoenas - the only way Congress will ever become an equal part of our nation's government is if they start impeachment hearings.

    I've also contacted your office about co-sponsoring HR 676, which would provide universal health care coverage to everyone regardless of pre-existing condition or ability to pay.  I urge you to join your colleages (now numbering 75) and co-sponsor this important legislation.

    Help Make History - HILLARY in 2008!

    by Alegre on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 09:30:53 AM PDT

  •  let the rethugs filibuster (8+ / 0-)

    I was very disappointed when Senator Webb withdrew his amendment. It seemed that the Dems rolled over at that point and allowed 41 Republicans to rule the day.  Webb's ammendment was just too important for the well being of our troops.

    If Webb had not withdrawn his amendment the Republicans would have taken to the floor of the Senate to delay an up or down vote on a measure that would have given our troops time at home with their families before being sent back to Iraq.  Wouldn't the Republicans have looked foolish?  We would have had them over a barrel.  Bush couldn't rant about Congress dragging its collective feet about geeting yet another apprpriations bill on his desk because it would have been Republican Senators who were gumming up the works.

    I wish Webb would reintroduce his amendment.

    If the Republicans do want to allow an up or down vote on the amendment, then by all means, let them have their gawd damned filibuster.

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    peace

  •  Defeat All Bush Rubber Stamps (5+ / 0-)

    ... on both sides of the aisle. There were 9 Democrats (+ a crazy Dennis Kucinich) who voted with Bush and Cheney yesterday for endless war. I was thrilled that the House Democratic leadership was able to hold so much of the caucus together on this and there were names missing from that shameful list of 9 that I suspect it took a lot of arm twisting to win over. Bravo!

    That said, it really irks me that the DCCC sends out mailers and has phone bankers calling on grassroots Democrats asking for money without telling them that some of that money will be spent on supporters of Bush's Iraq policies, specifically John Barrow (GA), Jim Marshall (GA), Chris Carney (PA) and Brad Ellsworth (IN). These 4 guys are all on the DCCC special help lists and every time someone contributes a dollar to the DCCC some of it goes to make sure these 4 members, who consistently vote to prolong the war-- and for lots of other heinous GOP policies-- get a piece. If it's time to cut off the funding to Bush, it's also time to cut off the funding to Democrats who support him.

    •  Kucinich (2+ / 0-)
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      cometman, victoria2dc

      You can call him crazy, but he had his reasons for voting against the bill. His position was that redeployment should be done with existing funding already in the pipeline, and by October 1, not next spring (as provided by the bill) which would funding to be extended when the money voted through in the srring runs out:

      Kucinich: Troop Redeployment Bill Will Not End The War

      WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 12, 2007) - Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) issued the following statement following his vote against HR 2956, the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

      "We've lost over 3,600 of our brave service men and women. An estimated one million innocent Iraqis have perished in the war. We're now telling Iraqis, whose country the U.S. destroyed, whose reconstruction funds the U.S. mishandled, whose social networks have been shredded: Stand on your own feet! We try to steal their oil under the cover of occupation," Kucinich said in a debate on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today.

      "This bill will not end the war. This bill will not end the occupation. It doesn't take a vote to end this war. We must inform the Administration that the $97 billion appropriated last month is the end of the financing for the war.

      But hey, if you trust Bush to begin the redeployment...

      Those who have had a chance for four years and could not produce peace should not be given another chance. --Richard Nixon, 9 October 1968

      by darrelplant on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 10:40:00 AM PDT

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    •  Shortsighted (2+ / 0-)
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      Carnacki, Willow72

      All four of those you name are in conservative districts who are voting with their constituents.  All will be top targets in 2008.  Only in Altmire's district--maybe--could someone more liberal be elected.  These guys are responsible in part for Pelosi, Conyers et al being able to decide what legislation to move in the first place.  The bill passed yesterday because of this.

      Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire -8.25, -6.51

      by Superribbie on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 10:40:30 AM PDT

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      •  That's what I get for reading quickly (3+ / 0-)
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        Carnacki, Willow72, victoria2dc

        You didn't bring up Altmire.  In that case, all four are about the best to hope for from their respective districts.

        Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire -8.25, -6.51

        by Superribbie on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 10:42:06 AM PDT

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      •  Bullshit (2+ / 0-)
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        HarveyMilk, mswsm

        It's thinking like yours that is shortsighted.  We don't need Democrats like this in the House.  

        We have a 31 seat advantage in the House at present.  So even if we dump ten or so Democrats we will still have a Democratic majority, and Nancy Pelosi will continue to preside as Speaker of the House.

        Elected Democrats need to know that if they will not fight for our troops, if they will not fight Republicans, then they will fight us, the Democratic majority.  It is not a question of fighting, but rather of choosing the ground on which they choose to fight.  

        If we are ever to make real progress on issues that really matter to progressives, we are going to have to take the long view.  And taking the long view sometimes requires that you take a small step back in order to move forward at a faster pace or in a better way.  Long term optimization sometimes requires short term sacrifice.  And this is exactly such a time.  We must spend a little time discipling a few reprobates, delivering a cautionary message to the other bad dogs, and fundamentally changing the incentives.  By selectively and intelligently targeting the most egregious offenders we can instill a sense of loyalty and discipline that will deliver real results over the longer term.

        A conscientious man would be cautious how he dealt in blood.

        by decon on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 11:43:07 AM PDT

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        •  Purity purges (0+ / 0-)

          never work.  Look at FDR in 1938 for example--or the laughable efforts of the Club for Growth.  We are a party with diverse views, including on Iraq.  Hell, we've been military interventionists ourselves when there is a Democratic President.  Kosovo?  Haiti?  Somalia?  Bombing of Iraq?  So, condemning 10 people who don't want to sign off on an Iraq withdrawal--at least one of whom voted no because the bill didn't go far enough in his view--is worse than counterproductive.  It is the same single-issue tunnel vision that has doomed our party and its legion of greedy interest groups for as long as I can remember.

          "We don't need Democrats like this in the House"?  I assume that means we only need Democrats who seek and receive the decon stamp of approval.  Of course, the next poster might have slightly different--but just as strict criteria.  When you get right down to it, every single elected Democrat probably has some position or has some vote that disqualifies them from somebody's litmus test.  Purge 'em all?  I don't think so.

          Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire -8.25, -6.51

          by Superribbie on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 12:57:48 PM PDT

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          •  Nice Strawman. (1+ / 0-)
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            HarveyMilk

            First no one here has advocated a purge.  I specifically stated that we should target a FEW Democrats.  

            Second, those against the war in Iraq are not necessarily against military intervention in principle.    What most progressives are against is the initiation of an expensive and bloody wild goose chase for weapons of mass destruction as a cover for an imperial occupation of oil rich lands.  The comparison between Iraq and any of the nations you mention is completely without justification

            Third, the efforts of the Club for Growth (and of other Republican pressure groups) are far from laughable.  In recent elections the Club has certainly overplayed it's hand and hurt the Republican cause.  However, if one takes a longer, and more complete, view of their efforts it is clear that they have been phenomenally successfully in making progress on the policy initiatives they care about.

            In short, you've twisted my position of selectively and intelligently targeting a few reprobate Democrats into a call to  

            Purge 'em all

            You've certainly misrepresented my position by creating a silly straw man shoving him down a slippery slope.  And it doesn't seem to me that you are very interested in reforming the Democratic party.  

            A conscientious man would be cautious how he dealt in blood.

            by decon on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 02:07:19 PM PDT

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            •  Umm (0+ / 0-)

              First no one here has advocated a purge.  I specifically stated that we should target a FEW Democrats

              1. I assume you've missed the rash of Democrats are spineless/enablers/scum, get rid of 'em all diaries lately.
              1. Potato, potahto.  When is it a purge?  Targeting even a FEW Democrats based on their position on a single issue is a purge.  

              And it doesn't seem to me that you are very interested in reforming the Democratic party

              What I'm interested in is defeating Republicans.  Once that goal is accomplished and the Democratic Party has the Presidency and healthy majorities in the Congress, then I might consider taking time to evaluate whether some members of the caucus bug me.  For now, I am focused on the larger goal.

              Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire -8.25, -6.51

              by Superribbie on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 02:30:34 PM PDT

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              •  How would you define a "healthy" majority ... (1+ / 0-)
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                HarveyMilk

                ... in the House?  31 seats not enough for you to consider trying to do better in a few districts?  

                Good to have your priorities out in the open though.  More of the same isn't what I'm looking for.

                A conscientious man would be cautious how he dealt in blood.

                by decon on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 02:40:22 PM PDT

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        •  With your permission I'll use this again... (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          mswsm

          We have a 31 seat advantage in the House at present.  So even if we dump ten or so Democrats we will still have a Democratic majority, and Nancy Pelosi will continue to preside as Speaker of the House.

          Elected Democrats need to know that if they will not fight for our troops, if they will not fight Republicans, then they will fight us, the Democratic majority.  It is not a question of fighting, but rather of choosing the ground on which they choose to fight.

           

          Thanks so much.  I am with you 100%... thanks!

    •  John Barrow (0+ / 0-)

      ... is my chosen hobby horse.  A strong minority candidate could beat Barrow in a primary.  Perhaps Keith Heard can be convinced to run out of Athens.  

      An independent minded african american Republican -- Eric Underwood -- is also considering a run in the district. In his unsuccesful (to put it mildly) run for the open GA-10 seat, Underwood basically adopted Biden's position on Iraq. And on that basis I would definitely prefer Underwood to Barrow.

      A conscientious man would be cautious how he dealt in blood.

      by decon on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 11:38:03 AM PDT

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  •  Iran Question (2+ / 0-)
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    bluecayuga, darrelplant

    What are the Democrats doing to stop Bush from spreading the war in Iraq to Iran?

    I want our troops to come home. Furthermore, I don't think that the American People want to attack Iran.

    Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome. Booker T Washington

    by Spoonfulofsugar on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 09:59:20 AM PDT

  •  Saying One Thing and Doing Another (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for referencing my post on Heather Wilson. She is the ultimate rubberstamp for Bush while pretending otherwise in our district.

    Of course we also have Pete Domenici. Here's what I had to say about his recent pseudo-conversion.

  •  CD 10 IL (0+ / 0-)

    Representative,

    PLEASE tell Jay Footlik to go back to Virginia, and let Dan Seals focus on winning against Kirk in CD 10 IL.  DCCC did not back Seals with the enthusiasm one would have thought him worthy last time, now you're tacitly encouraging Footlik to run against a guy who could easily beat Kirk if he was left to focus.

    You've got to tell Footlik to do the right thing here.  He's not even from IL!!!!  The dems win without his "help", so get him off the primary track please!

  •  We need CONGRESS' help more than... (12+ / 0-)

    . . . you need our help.

    We need:

     1. Congress to fight like hell to defund the Vice President's Office 100%.

     2. Issue a Contempt citation against Harriet Meirs for disregarding her obligation to comply with Congress' subpoena and send U.S. Marshalls to arrest her.

     3. Pass Articles of Impeachment against Alberto Gonzales for lying to Congress and gross misconduct.

     4. Begin serious debate regarding bringing Articles of Impeachment against Dick Cheney and George W. Bush for high crimes and misdemeanors.

     5. Commence an active, aggressive and progressive legislative agenda without worry over whether you've got "the votes":  just PUSH the issues so that Americans will see which side you're on!  What votes you don't have now, you will have beginning January 2009, if the American people get energized to put more Dems in Congress.

     

    "Concerned talk" and "expressions of disappointment" has made the Democratic Congress a laughing stock within the entire Executive Branch and the RNC (same thing).  

    What are you going to do to wipe the smiles and smirks off their faces?

    BenGoshi
    ___________________________________________________

    The distinction that goes with mere office runs far ahead of the distinction that goes with actual achievement. H.L. Mencken

    by BenGoshi on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 10:11:08 AM PDT

  •  Mitch McConnel is filibustering the House Bill.. (0+ / 0-)

    (please help pass the word)...that was passed to start bringing our troops home in 120 days...it is time we "outed" McConnel....with 70% of all Americans wanting this bill passed..how would they feel about McConnel (R-KY)is  filibustering this bill..? Would he win another term in the elction? I just heard Bernie Sanders on the Thom Hartmann radio show say there were enough votes in the Senate to overide a Presidential veto..except for McConnels filibuter, that won't let it on the Senate floor...I say lets get him..lets tell the whole blogosphere that McConnel is holding the bill...bet he wouldn't get re-elected if evey body knew hes the one thats holding it up...OUT HIM!!

  •  Republican Obstructionism (2+ / 0-)
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    barbwire, mswsm

    I hope any Dem leaders from now on until election day, consultants who go on TV repeat the phrase Republican obstructionism,  Republicans including a Republican president is blocking our efforts to do the will of the people.  Constantly repeat that the only way to get things done is to elect a veto proof majority in the Senate and a Dem president to get things done for the people.

    Count the ways Republicans have obstructed people's will -- on TV and radio --repeat and repeat.

    And of course we will continue to tell our friends and neighbors, write letters to editors.

  •  Thanks for posting, Chris (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    BenGoshi, john07801, Crisitunity

    I'm working for and contributing to Darcy Burner in WA-08. Are you?

    "Lash those traitors and conservatives with the pen of gall and wormwood. Let them feel -- no temporising!" - Andrew Jackson to Francis Preston Blair, 1835

    by Ivan on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 10:24:42 AM PDT

  •  Cong Van Hollen (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    BenGoshi, mswsm, dharmafarmer, dawsman

    I watch you on Fox News Sunday on Libby pardon.  How come you did not counter the false spin by the host that Fitzgerald said there is no underlying crime.

    There was an underlying crime -- exposing a CIA operative and CIA was the one who ask it to be investigated.

    Except Libby obstructed the process so that Fitzgerald had a hard time building the case.

  •  If DCCC will help Dems in IL-15 and NC-08 (0+ / 0-)

    Then I will consider a contribution.  Larry Kissell in NC-08 almost won last time, and he could use some extra $$$ to bring victory home over Robyn Hayes.

    •  There was a phone call (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      benny05

      not too long ago, and Rep Van Hollen joined it.  The DCCC will be in NC-08, and they will be there in force.

      PS- Larry is going to report $100,000 cash on hand for the second quarter.  Quite a contrast when you consider he didnt even decide to run for Congress until about 6 months after this in the 06 cycle.

    •  Van Hollen on Kissell (0+ / 0-)

      Check out this quote from Chairman Van Hollen.  The DCCC is all behind Kissell!

      http://bluenc.com/...

      We are fully committed to this effort going forward. We think this is a winnable race. We think the fact that we came so close, that Larry came so close last time is a clear indication that Robin Hayes is vulnerable. We think he remains vulnerable.

      :::snip:::

      I told Larry, that come next spring when we put together our Red to Blue program, that this race will be on that list from the start and we will continue obviously to work with the campaign going forward.

  •  FYI Chris and DCCC (0+ / 0-)

    You will have my support for Illinois' 11th district where Seals will finish off Kirk once and for all.  

    Knocking on doors, phonebanking, fundraising, you ask for it and I'll do it next November!

    If the Republicans promise to stop telling lies about us, maybe we'll stop telling the truth about them..

    by Romaniac on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 10:34:29 AM PDT

    •  get a grip (0+ / 0-)

      The evidence, the hard facts, the really hard evidence needed for impeachment is just not there, now, if Waxman, Conyers and Leahy can find the evidence, and present it to the people, and to congress we can go forward, until then save the hyperbole and the nonsense it doesn't help your cause.

      When I tell you that I love you Don't test my love Accept my love, don't test my love Cause maybe I don't love you all that much

      by jbou on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 11:26:17 AM PDT

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    •  ignore the above post (0+ / 0-)

      for some reason I hit reply to you when i meant to do it for the comment below you. Sorry.

      When I tell you that I love you Don't test my love Accept my love, don't test my love Cause maybe I don't love you all that much

      by jbou on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 11:27:44 AM PDT

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  •  Don't look forward to reading more of the posts (6+ / 0-)

    here until you've read some of the old ones (and start acting like they make sense -- because they do). When is impeachment back on the table?

    "Victory is not no violence" -- Commander Guy

    by RudiB on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 10:40:01 AM PDT

    •  get a grip (0+ / 0-)

      The evidence, the hard facts, the really hard evidence needed for impeachment is just not there, now, if Waxman, Conyers and Leahy can find the evidence, and present it to the people, and to congress we can go forward, until then save the hyperbole and the nonsense it doesn't help your cause.

      When I tell you that I love you Don't test my love Accept my love, don't test my love Cause maybe I don't love you all that much

      by jbou on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 11:27:00 AM PDT

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  •  No money to the DCCC (4+ / 0-)

    from me.  My Rep is Mike McIntyre, NC 7, a self-described " proud member of the BLUE DOG COALITION".  During the rethug majority, he voted with them about 50-75% of the time.  Since the Dem majority, he seemed to be coming back to the Dem Party.  Then, he regressed.  He did vote "AYE" yesterday, but he is not to be depended upon.  Many LTEs writers to the Wilmington Star News and the Brunswick Beacon would like to see McIntyre face a primary challenge.  I, too.
     Unless and until he is replaced, I'm not throwing my money down a rat-hole.

    The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all - JFK- 5/18/63-Vanderbilt Univ.

    by oibme on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 10:41:23 AM PDT

  •  Heinrich in NM-01 (0+ / 0-)

    Hope the DCCC will support Martin Heinrich in NM-01 to run against "Scary Heather" Wilson. He significantly exceeded his fundraising goal this quarter and he only started fundraising in late April. Read all about it.

    Heinrich is the netroots-grassroots choice!

  •  NEWSFLASH: DCCC IS NOT ASKING FOR MONEY (2+ / 0-)
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    jbou, Militarytracy

    in this post.

    Please, please, PLEASE read the diary before you comment about how you aren't going to give the DCCC money.

    B/c this diary isn't asking for your cash.

    Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. -- Dalai Lama

    by wmtriallawyer on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 11:06:20 AM PDT

  •  Why is the military telling America what our (3+ / 0-)
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    Pam from Calif, mswsm, toys

    objectives are in Iraq?  I just listened to Maj Gen Mixon on Cspan and a briefing where he gave his argument for what needed to happen in Iraq.  It began with outlining that WE must decide what WE wanted to happen in Iraq and then figure out how WE can get that.  If we intend to bring any sort of democracy to Iraq how can Iraq be about what WE want and how WE get there?  Isn't a democracy in Iraq about what the Iraqi people want and how they want to get there?  I'm sick of people giving any credibility to FRICKEN JARHEADS no matter what their rank is in what it takes to bring about anything close to a democracy in Iraq.  Someone who has spent his entire working life telling everybody how high and what color has very little common knowledge of what a democracy is about?  He's certainly not used to living in one everyday!  The military in America is a socialist entity that serves a democracy.  Anybody with any military rank at all is an expert in Socialism and Workable Dictatorship not Democracy for crying out loud.  Someone end this sham now please because we have all had enough starting with the Iraqi people themselves!

    In the Pajamahadeen I'm Scooby-Doo!

    by Militarytracy on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 11:08:40 AM PDT

  •  first off (1+ / 0-)
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    Pam from Calif

    Thank you for not asking for money.

    Second, nice job getting the bill passed, now we need to make sure the Senate does the same thing.

    When I tell you that I love you Don't test my love Accept my love, don't test my love Cause maybe I don't love you all that much

    by jbou on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 11:23:29 AM PDT

  •  I'm still unhappy with the DCCC... (3+ / 0-)
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    mswsm, dharmafarmer, 8ackgr0und N015e

    ... and Congressional Democrats in general.

    Please see my diary from back in May, Today I told the DCCC to stuff it....

    When your organization called recently looking for money, I politely repeated it over the phone.

    I'll continue to make individual contributions to Democratic Party candidates who share my view on getting out of Iraq.

    •  I am thoroughly confused (2+ / 0-)
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      Rep. Van Hollen has been a consistently strong advocate for many reasonable policies.

      In the past, he has taken leadership positions that required courage.

      However, since ascending to a leadership position, he seems to waver.

      Specifically, he is not listed as a cosponsor for such fundamental things as:

      Restoring habeas corpus

      http://thomas.loc.gov/...

      or

      universal health insurance.

      http://thomas.loc.gov/...

      HR 676 is Conyer's bill to provide for comprehensive health insurance coverage for all United States residents.

      Even Wynn is supporting this.

      If this was a single issue, I might give it a pass.  But  I fear a pattern is emerging here.  I say this because of HR 1416 and Van Hollen's absence from the list of cosponsors.  This is the bill to RESTORE Habeas Corpus!

      Given that Specter is leading that fight in the Senate while congressional reps as diverse as Chaka Fattah out of Philly, Barney Frank from Boston and
      Jim Moran out of Northern Virginia supports the  HR 1416 in the House. I really am confused here.

      I raise this now, because Rep. Van Hollen is here asking for our support.  I would like to give it. But I think it cannot be assumed that we are going to blindly follow Democratic Leadership when they are not themselves fighting for fundamental issues of importance to us.

      I would note that in both of the instances noted, Nancy Pelosi is not listed as a co-sponsor either.

  •  Posturing (1+ / 0-)
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    It was the Republicans in Congress who ended the amnesty legislation, thus enforcing the will of the American people, not the Dem's who were catering to their corporate mouths. As a result, the Dem's are now all bent over in a compromising position ready for a ramming by the voters. Having already fallen from voter's grace in record time, the Dem's have no alternative but to launch an uncompromising assult on the White House to end our involvement in Iraq if they are to save their political asses.

    Gradually, Republicans are one by one posturing themselves away from President Bush as they have the '08 elections in their crosshairs. An all out popular assult against the War by the Dem's now will at least force the remaining Republicans to forever align themselves with President Bush or voters. The failure of the Dem's to oppose amnesty legislation and the ongoing War is the pimary reason a majority of voters are now considering changing their party affiliation to Independent according to a recent poll.

    To date, President Bush has faced only glancing blows and criticism to his Iraqi War. It is time that the Democrats in Congress enjoin their Republican counterparts to end our involvement now. This is not George Bush's Government and Country, it is ours.  George Bush is not the decision maker, we are and it's time he learned that lesson.

  •  DCCC...when are the Dems who are in power going (1+ / 0-)
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    to grow a SPINE?

    Don't act like ya all are holier then thou...

    The politicians inside the BELTWAY ARE ALL SPINELESS pieces of SHIT.

  •  Is this a drive-by diary? (2+ / 0-)
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    forbodyandmind, 8ackgr0und N015e

    Or will  DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen post a reply indicating that  the DCCC is actually reading these comments.

    So far, nada! :-(

  •  No... wer're not going to do it (1+ / 0-)
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    mswsm

    More than six months into the troop surge, it is clear the President’s Iraq strategy is not working – more than 3,600 American troops have been killed and thousands more have been injured, U.S. taxpayers are spending $10 billion a month, and the Iraqi government has failed to meet the agreed upon political, economic or military benchmarks.

    We're not going to complain about the Republicans.  Our problem is the weak-willed Democratic leaders in both the Senate and the House.  We're not going to help you.  We're doing your jobs trying to move the Democatic Lite congressmen and women to the progressive side.

    We are not going to be intimidated any longer.  If you don't listen to us, don't expect us to help you play games.

    It's time for Nancy to play HARDBALL and if she won't do it then she doesn't have our support.

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