The Therapy Sessions
Monday, August 02, 2004
Out of the mainstream senators
We are going to be hearing more and more of this from Bush:
That's why last September, when our troops were in combat in both Afghanistan and Iraq, I proposed supplemental funding to support them in their missions. The legislation provided for body armor and vital equipment, hazard pay, health benefits, ammunition, fuel, spare parts. In the Senate, only a handful of what I would call out-of-the- mainstream folks, that would be 12 senators, voted against that legislation. Two of the 12 are my opponent and his running mate.
The desire to cut and run by defunding troops engaged in battle is going to hurt Kerry badly, particularly in one area he really needs to win: the Midwest.
All the people who are really excited about Kerry the candidate need to remember that.
The reason that so few Senators have been elected to the presidency in recent years has a lot to do with the fact that their voting record - on issues of national importance - in on display for everyone to see. Dumb politically motivated votes like this are obvious, while time makes other votes like amazingly short-sighted or stupid.
Governors, by contrast, can dodge the large national issues without ever going on record.
Thanks to New England Republican for the quote.