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Goal ThermometerAs DavidNYC noted in his Orange-to-Blue endorsement post of Jim Himes yesterday, Chris Shays has a history of pretending to be a "moderate" while voting again and again for Bush's policies.

This morning, Shays joined many in both parties in Congress by standing with Bush again on the FISA "compromise".

In fact, Chris Shays has been busy doing his best impersonation of a Blue Dog all week, voting for the war supplemental without timelines that passed yesterday before voting for the for the disastrous FISA bill that passed today.

(Here was Jim Himes's statement in opposition to the FISA "compromise" yesterday.)

Thankfully, Connecticut has four out of five Democrats in our House delegation, and all four - John Larson, Rosa DeLauro, Joe Courtney, and Chris Murphy - stood up and voted against both the war supplemental and against retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies included in the FISA bill.

Let's show them that we have their backs. Send a thank you note to all four CT Dems for their vote today here:

And then help make it 5 out of 5 on these types of votes come next January by electing Jim Himes!

(Disclosure: I am the Online Communications Director for Jim Himes for Congress.)

Originally posted to thirdparty on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 11:49 AM PDT.

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  •  Thanks a for a positive diary ... (3+ / 0-)
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    Maura in VA, slksfca, Randall Sherman

    Looks like President Obama is going to need a lot more progressives in the house to give him a spinal infusion!!

    Outraged Conservatives: Stop Picking on McCain's Trollop

    by Bronxist on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 11:53:18 AM PDT

  •  Not from CT (3+ / 0-)
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    Maura in VA, slksfca, Randall Sherman

    but great job guys and gals!!!
    Tip and a rec for you (where's your tip jar?)

  •  "He who passively accepts evil is as much involve (2+ / 0-)
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    Maura in VA, smkngman

    "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." -----Martin Luther King Jr

  •  Your summary gets right to the point. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm glad to recommend it.

  •  While I agree completely on the FISA issue (0+ / 0-)

    I do have a grudging respect for Chris Shays.  I don't agree with him usually, and understand that, like all congresspeople, he's a politician first.  But back in 2005 I was flipping through the channels and ended up on C-SPAN2, which had a subcommittee hearing on Iraq led by Shays.  I think one other congressperson was there.  Shays put together a panel of the brightest minds in academia and past administrations to discuss what we can do going forward in Iraq.  There were no politics involved, just policy questions about how to move forward and correct our mistakes.  He let it go on for hours, never interrupting, listening and asking follow up questions.  It was the best discussion of Iraq I have ever heard.

    I understand voting against Shays and campaigning against him, and I don't live in Connecticut so I'm not going to be involved.  But as a firm believer in a robust two party system, I think that intelligent Republicans are necessary in Congress, and I have found very few.  I've disagreed with Shays numerous times, but he is one politician whose motivations I will not question.  

    I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution...taking from the Federal Government the power of borrowing. -Thomas Jefferson

    by fitz2 on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 12:02:08 PM PDT

    •  but then he votes with Bush (1+ / 0-)
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      he may or may not be intelligent and thoughtful, but his voting record since 2001 shows lockstep on issues like the war, immunity, etc.

      Want a progressive global warming novel, not a right wing rant? Go to for a free audio thriller.

      by eparrot on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 12:21:12 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  no doubt about it (0+ / 0-)

        I'm only saying that at least he put thought into making it the most effective failed policy possible, if that makes any sense.  As I said, I have rarely agreed with him, but I do think he's got the right motivations.  

        I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution...taking from the Federal Government the power of borrowing. -Thomas Jefferson

        by fitz2 on Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 12:36:16 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Well done! (2+ / 0-)
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    Maura in VA, nderaney

    Thanks for doing this TParty.  I've already congratulated my Rep. Rosa DeLauro, but I'll also reply via your easy to use form.  

    As Democrats, we do tend to complain (a bit) about things that aren't going well. But it's equally important to let our congressmen know that we appreciate it when they do something right.  This kind of online tool makes it easy for us.  Thanks!

  •  Without the big push in CT in '06 (1+ / 0-)
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    Maura in VA

    the state delegation would have voted 3/2 FOR the FISA overhaul with retroactive immunity.

    1/4 is great progress.

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