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A brief interruption of Connecticut week

I interrupt Connecticut week with trepidation, but there are other campaigns going on. Like mine, for instance.

NARAL just sent an e-mail to about 50,000 members about hot congressional races. The e-mail features eight campaigns, including mine.

Yeah, yeah, I know, NARAL endorsed Joe Lieberman, and one of the eight candidates featured in the e-mail today is Nancy Johnson, a Republican from Connecticut. Nancy Johnson gets credit for being a "moderate Republican" on the strength of her position on abortion rights, but toes the Republican line on virtually everything else. I read the criticism of NARAL and the Sierra Club in Crashing the Gate that they go out of their way to support a few stray Republicans who are good on their specific issue, but will vote to deliver control of the House and Senate to leadership that is anathema.

Brad Miller on Margaret Spellings: Blast from the past

BlueNC has been around long enough to have witnessed plenty of political shenanigans. The post below, written by then Congressman Brad Miller in July, 2006, points out a pattern of deception on the part of Margaret Spellings that we cannot lose sight of. As you may know, Spellings is under consideration to be the president of UNC. Her history of obfuscation will no doubt serve her well.

James

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The Bush Administration works through the stages of grief

An Update On That Accountability Moment: As Predicted, We Missed It.

(crossposted at DailyKos)

I posted a diary here at the time, but you may have missed it or forgot it, so I’ll remind you:

On Thursday afternoon after Hurricane Katrina hit, House members got an e-mail that the House was convening in special session the next day to pass emergency Katrina relief. The e-mail gave a big wink and nod that we didn’t really need to come, that there would only be a voice vote so no one would ever known whether we showed up or not.

It wasn’t convenient, but I kind of thought it was my job to show up, and Raleigh is only 40 minutes or so flying time from Washington, so I went.

We had a quick debate and a voice vote, and then other members were allowed to speak after the vote. I wanted to express my sympathy for the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, especially since many North Carolinians have suffered greatly from hurricanes in the last decade.

As I listened to what other members said, I changed my mind about what I was going to say. I had heard Scott McClellan say on television the day before that “now is not the time for finger pointing.” And then I heard Republican after Republican say exactly the same words on the House floor, almost like they were not exercising independent judgment, but mindlessly parroting talking points prepared for them by someone else. Almost.

So when it was my turn to speak, this is what I said:

“…Mr. Speaker, I share the anger of many Americans at how shamefully inadequate our government’s response has been. Tens of thousands of Americans are living outside the walls of civilization. They are without food, they are without water to drink, they are without medicine or medical care, they are without effective shelter, they are without the protection against violence that law provides.

“The failures that led to that are not the failures of the last four days; but of the last four years.

“There have been repeated warnings that New Orleans and the Gulf Coast were vulnerable to precisely what has occurred and yet our government was stunningly unprepared.”

No Real Solutions, But Probably No Indictments Either

What President Bush says and what he does are rarely within hailing distance, but it was still pretty startling to see the White House press release earlier today about the State of the Union address:

“To keep America competitive in a dynamic economy, the President will set out an agenda focused on the priorities that families are most concerned about. He will talk about the importance of having an educated, skilled workforce, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, and making health care more affordable, accessible, and portable.”

Sounds like one of us, right? Don’t show him the secret Democratic handshake. He doesn’t really mean it. And he certainly won’t really do anything about it.

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