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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Democrats With Spines

Reaction from [our side of] the blogosphere to the brilliant manuever by Senator Reid today has been huge. It's a pleasant surprise, getting all manner of responses from "It's about time" to "Give 'em hell, Harry!"

Senator Frist was on TV whining about how he hadn't been consulted and this was a slap in the face, and complaining that Democrats had "hijacked" the Senate. Oh, please. Bill Frist and his cohorts has slapped the American people in the face many times. Reid had the right to do what he did. If Republicans actually cared about minority rights, this would not have been necessary.

The bottom line is this: Republicans are for bipartisanship when it benefits them. To Republicans, bipartisanship means that they lead and Democrats get told what to do. They just expect Democrats to roll over and die on command.

When Democrats stand up and say "NO", they get attacked for being partisan. When Cantwell voted against John Roberts, ChairmanVance of the WSRP sent out a press release attacking Cantwell for playing partisan politics. He does it at every opportunity. "ChairmanVance" is one to talk!

Well today, Senator Reid sent notice: it's time for the stonewalling, the dithering, and the phony excuses to end. The Republicans are trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the American people.

There does not appear to be any interest in getting to the bottom of how we ended up in the quagmire that is Iraq.

Congress has a constitutional role to play. There needs to be oversight of the executive branch. It doesn't seem that the current Republican leadership in Congress is interested in investigating the abuse of power that is going on in the White House.

Since Bill Frist & Co. have refused to act, Senator Reid stood up and demanded answers. Senator Reid's actions were courageous, inspiring, and reassuring. Democrats can thank Sen. Reid, Sen. Durbin, and the Senate caucus by visiting this special contribution page where you can make a financial donation and send a personal message of thanks.

Crooks and Liars has some good video as well. I'll be posting some reactions from around the blogosphere here shortly, especially bloggers in our region.

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