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How They Repay Us

by: DavidNYC

Sat Mar 15, 2008 at 9:00 AM EDT

Mario Diaz-Balart, attacking SCHIP:

In a flame-fanning tirade on Spanish-language radio last week, Díaz-Balart called the tax hike [to pay for SCHIP] an "attack on the Cuban-American community." He added: "It would hurt an industry specifically in Miami-Dade, in South Florida, an industry that is almost entirely Hispanic: those who make cigars by hand, which is a cultural tradition. That industry will not survive."

Lincoln Diaz-Balart, disrupting Tom Lantos's memorial service:

The House had a meltdown today in the middle of the memorial service for the late Rep. Tom Lantos, a Holocaust survivor who was chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The service, in the Capitol's historic Statuary Hall, was disrupted when a Republican House member unexpectedly called for a procedural vote.

And that's when all hell broke loose.

House Democrats were furious, charging the procedural motion was disrespectful. "Very bad taste, very" as one senior House Democratic aide put it.

Republicans were apparently worried that Democrats were about to force debate on contempt-of-Congress citations against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) is the member who hit the panic button, so to speak, and called the procedural vote. His real purpose in calling the procedural motion was to protest the lack of a vote on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act - before the contempt debate started.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, grandstanding about that stupid Petraeus ad:

The chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., said the ad "is outrageous and it is deplorable" and called upon her "colleagues on both sides of the aisle" to condemn the ad and, somewhat inexplicably, to apologize to the general for the impugning of his integrity.

Democrats everywhere know that we don't need people like this in Congress. It goes without saying that the DCCC leadership should realize this, too.

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Lest we forget, Republican Norm Coleman was elected with the complicity of the national (and probably local) media by complaining that Walter Mondale politicized Paul Wellstone's funeral service.  This was worse as Lincoln Diaz-Balart had ample opportunity to wait before stuffing his big cigar down everybody's throat.  What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

I think
the Democratic party has to do SERIOUS work making sure that Republicans get the same amount of negative recognition for the same bad behavior that Democrats do.

Now, public perception is very different from what we actually SHOULD do within our party.  We should also have stricter internal ethical standards than they do.  For example, Bill Jefferson should be gone.  And by these standards, I'm fine with Spitzer resigning; I would have quietly recommended that anyway.

party: Democratic, ideology: moderate, district: CT-01

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I mentioned this on an entry about this on Daily Kos, so I've tried to remind people there, as well.

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But again this is directed at Bebbie Dubya and rightfully so!
All these three morons are in her backyard and she plays BGF games with Ros-Lehtinen.  Asz I posted before, I am impressed that the DCCC is now reading our progressive blogs and feeling the need to write responses to our concerns but in this case they still show arrogance at not taking action with Wasserman-Shultz! I will continue to donate at Actblue to individual candidates that sites like Kos, MYDD and Swingstate promote rather than donate a dime to the DCCC with this type of arrogant refusal to slap Debbie into shape on this particular issue!

Copy of the letter
Here's a copy of the letter from the DCCC btw.

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