Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Well, he's not perfect, and this vote proves it

But I'm still going to support him for re-election, that's for sure. As Wintermute has noted, our Congressman voted for the War Supplemental, which passed the House, 222-206. As Jane Hamsher noted earlier:

WAY TO GO DEMS!!! You're going to vote for war funding ALL BY YOURSELF!!!
Two more votes...we bought it.
218 votes for war funding. Yeah. It's a Democratic war now.

Yeah, I'm not thrilled. I'd like to hear why he voted for this, it's not how he should have. However, while I'm disappointed, he's still by far a hell of a lot better than the alternative.

Now, then, on other matters. Some of you may read that last linked article and harumph and say, I'm not going to the Picnic. That would be ridiculous, because it is a hell of a party, it's free food and drink, and it's lots and lots of Democrats. Sidney welcomes all, and makes all feel welcome, I have only missed one since he started, and I wouldn't think of missing this.So you ask, well, is there anything I could do this Saturday? Sure there is. 1) go to the Picnic, 2) go to PrideFest later in the day. Oh, and one other thing.

Unless you're going in support of another candidate, why not wear a Cohen for Congress T-shirt if you still have one from 2006 or 2008? Sidney won't care, and the Mayor will make a sarcastic remark or two, but so what? It wouldn't be a Picnic if he didn't, and everyone shows up anyway!

So, I hope to see you at the Picnic, and then at PrideFest. Let's have fun this Saturday, OK?

8 comments:

GoldnI said...

Here's a question--when some Democrats opposed the war supplemental in the last rounds of voting, all we heard about was how this was for the troops, and how a vote against the supplemental is a vote against the troops. So why not call the Republicans out on that now?

What the hell are Democrats in Congress afraid of?!?!

Anonymous said...

Good point. Also, presumably our Congressman has access to a few facts here and there that we don't (or is involved in some horsetrading we don't know about yet). In my experience he has been pretty good about explaining the "why" of most of his more controversial votes to his home constituents.

I'm rather more concerned about an article I read in the MSM today about the email surveillance program still continuing and being wider (in terms of spying on normal US citizens who don't pose a threat) than previously acknowledged.

Anyone reading my email will likely just be bored, but that's not really the point of objecting to the program.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and I followed the link and saw that even Pelosi voted for the funding, but there is no text of what they voted for (unless I missed it).

The reason for this will be in the riders to it or the whereas clauses somewhere.

Anonymous said...

In a dream world you pick a issue you are passionate about and support the candidate who's platform resembles your agenda.In the real world that candidate you voted for wins the election and abandons every issue that got him elected.He votes for supplemental war funding,with pork barrel attachments,just to sweeten the crap.He sticks his nose in everybody's else business but his own district.He writes letters to the NBA concerning high school grads playing in the NBA,nothing to do with his district.He sticks his foot in his mouth on a national level and local level,with no concern for his district.He ignores public safety in his district and pretends to be Black,and even says's he votes like a Black woman.He lies to supporters and still has not done anything for his district.His only claim to fame is renaming government buildings.In the real world this is Steve Cohen the liar and race bait er,who uses his race and sexuality to get votes.He has no problem sending our children to fight Israel's war,which we can't win.And now in the dream world he wants to be reelected.Never mind the fact that he had his chance,it's about race for him.He has turned into a nightmare.Why should we re elect him in the real world.

Steve Steffens said...

Anon 6:39, are you high? Seriously, are you HIGH? This is one bad vote out of thousands, and it sounds like Steve Cohen is not the race-baiter here.

Anonymous said...

6:49 fool you must be drunk,look at Steve Cohen's record,this is not the first time he voted for the war.
Also look at the lame ass bills he passed.Until you look at his voting record and realize that anti-war protesters are demanding this liar step down from the OUT OF
IRAQ CAUCUSES and THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUSES,keep your comments to yourself.Put the crack pipe down.

Anonymous said...

Holy bejabbers, if the exchanges here with all the personal attacks mirror how this race between the current mayor and the current congressman for the 9th district will be handled, we're in for an ugly time.

But seriously, look up Cohen's voting record. He has a great record on voting the way most people in the 9th district want him to vote, while not being afraid to occasionally cross his constituents.

You know, I'll bet that the families of the people currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan understand this vote and its reasons more than either the antiwar left with no family there OTOH OR the mayor's apologists OTOH.

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