Wednesday, January 26, 2005

THIRTEEN IS A GOOD NUMBER

Here are the 13 senators who voted against the confirmation of Condoleeza Rice as Secretary of State:

Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.
Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.
Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.
John Kerry, D-Mass.
Carl Levin, D-Mich.
James Jeffords, I-Vt.
Jack Reed, D-R.I
Mark Dayton, D-Minn.
Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii
Evan Bayh, D-Ind.
Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.
Tom Harkin, D-Iowa
Richard Durbin, D-Ill.

Kudos to the above Senators for standing against greed, corruption, war and deceit. They knew they wouldn't prevail, but a strong statement was made. The vote against Rice’s confirmation was the highest against a nominee for secretary of state at least since World War II. Grievances were aired, and the above group spoke for the other Democrat Senators who didn't have the guts to say "No".

Where were you, Barack Obama? Where were you, Joe Biden? Senate Minority Leader Reid? Oregon Senator Ron Wyden? Washington Senator Patty Murray?

Anyway, it is encouraging to see Democratic Senators gradually feeling more comfortable about standing up to the administration. I think it's a trend that will continue. Look for more encouraging naysaying from the left side of the aisle during the Abu Gonzales confirmation hearings. 2006, here we come!

7 Comments:

Blogger Lizzy said...

It's a good start. We are on the way. Hopefully the Dems that voted incorrectly will come around. If they don't, they should be replaced with real Democrats in '06/08.

3:37 PM  
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Blogger J. Marquis said...

I really don't get some of the Senate Dems. I like Joe Biden and have agreed with his criticism of the war on the talk shows. It's obvious he thinks Rice has lied, yet he felt compelled to vote for her.

The majority of the Senate voted yea because they said she had such great qualifications. Well, I happen to think honesty is still one of the most important qualifications a person can posess.

I predict Rice will be a major failure in this new position.

5:11 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Very interesting. Hillary takes a turn to the right, and Bayh takes a turn to the left. Will they attempt to meet in the middle somewhere to be '08 running mates?

8:04 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

I would imagine the twain would never meet in that case, but it would be very interesting to see a mixed-party ticket!

8:38 PM  
Blogger Ms Liberty said...

Hillary will be voting no on Gonzales as will most Democrats.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

Which will mean that he will still be confirmed.

12:20 PM  

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