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Enough Good Things

by: DavidNYC

Thu Mar 13, 2008 at 9:00 AM EDT

So sayeth Debbie Dubya:

"I can't say enough good things about Ileana Ros-Lehtinen."

I wonder, exactly, what sort of good things Debbie Wasserman Schultz can't say enough of about her BFF, Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Perhaps it was Ileana's vote to repeal the estate tax? Hmm, Debbie voted no on that one.

Ileana's vote to approve weak fuel efficiency standards for cars? Nope, Debbie voted in favor of stricter rules.

How about drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge? Debbie certainly doesn't support that - but Ileana does.

I know that Debbie voted against making the PATRIOT Act permanent. I just checked, though, and Ileana voted in favor of it.

Now, what about CAFTA? Maybe Debbie approves of Ileana's support for the bill? Naw, Debbie gave a thumbs-down there.

Alright, alright, let's see. The House had a big vote on the McGovern bill last year, authorizing withdrawal of our troops from Iraq. Debbie was in favor... Ileana, not so much.

Maybe the Military Commissions Act - you know, the bill which eviscerated habeas corpus rights? Debbie said ixnay. Ileana? All for it.

I've got it. Warantless wiretapping - that's the ticket. Debbie sensibly said "no" when this bill came up in the House last summer. Ileana... oops, she voted for it.

Okay, this is an easy one. What reasonable person opposes stem cell research? Not Debbie, of course. And surely not Ileana, right? Sorry to disappoint - she thinks that blastocysts = human lives.

Man, I'm almost out of ideas, but I still have one more. Debbie obviously voted in favor of SCHIP - only the worst crumb-bums could possibly be so heartless as to deny healthcare to kids. But damn, wouldn't you know it - Ileana is indeed exactly that sort of crumb-bum.

On the major issues of the day, these women are far, far apart. Debbie, to her credit, strikes a strong progressive stance. Yet Ileana, despite her allegedly "moderate" image, stands with the worst of the GOP in supporting endless war in Iraq, and continued environmental degradation while opposing stem-cell research and healthcare for kids.

It seems to me that saying even one good thing about Ileana Ros-Lehtinen would be more than enough, yet Debbie Wasserman Schultz just can't get her fill. It's clear to any rational outside observer that Ros-Lehtinen stands in the way of progressive change, and that Annette Taddeo's candidacy is our best shot at removing that roadblock we've had in a long time. Why can't Debbie Dubya see that?

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Progressive Punch scores
Progressive Punch scores for this session of Congress (2007-08) are:

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, 96.83
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, 20.72
Lincoln Diaz-Balart, 17.50
Mario Diaz-Balart, 15.81

Yes, Debbie and Ileana vote differently more than three fourths of the time (76.11% if you want to get technical).  These are not mere oddities but quite normal, thank you.  Ileana may be a fine woman to lunch with or to go shopping or to the movies.  Even an occassional vacation.  But she's not the right person to have in congress (at least of you are a Democrat or a progressive).  It seems those little labels on the ballot really do matter.

I think Wasserman should leave that post
I mean, if Debbie likes Ileana and Lincoln, well.... OK.  She likes them.  I have one or two friends who are Republican, myself.

But if this friendship stops her from campaigning against them, then she needs to sit firmly on the back bench, and not take a leadership role in the DCCC

Has she given any response on this?
Seriously, she's been savaged in Left Blogistan.  Has she got anything to say for herself?

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