Bean On Iran

I keep finding interesting little factnuggets at Progressive Punch. After the Dems won control of Congress, my Congresscritter Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL8, a former Repub district) still sided with the Bush administration on contingency plans for a possible military operation in Iran in in 2007.

ProgressivePunch : War & Peace—Relations with Iran / Bean, Melissa

WHAT: All issues : War & Peace : Relations with Iran
WHO: All members : IL, District 8 : Bean, Melissa

Click below to see the vote description.

WAR & PEACE—Relations with Iran

Roll Call 364. Fiscal 2008 Defense authorization (H.R. 1585); Rep. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) amendment to prohibit the Bush administration from planning a contingency military operation in Iran/On adoption of the amendment May 16, 2007. 
Member’s Vote (Progressive or not):N
Position of Progressives:Y
Progressive Result (win or loss)L
Key: Y=Yea, N=Nay, W=Win, L=Loss

The GOPs Misplaced Rage – The Daily Beast

Bruce Bartlett’s thoughtful piece has been making the rounds. The GOPs Misplaced Rage – The Daily Beast


David Horsey: We Want Our Country Back

In my opinion, conservative activists, who seem to believe that the louder they shout the more correct their beliefs must be, are less angry about Obama’s policies than they are about having lost the White House in 2008. They are primarily Republican Party hacks trying to overturn the election results, not representatives of a true grassroots revolt against liberal policies. If that were the case they would have been out demonstrating against the Medicare drug benefit, the Sarbanes-Oxley bill, and all the pork-barrel spending that Bush refused to veto.
Until conservatives once again hold Republicans to the same standard they hold Democrats, they will have no credibility and deserve no respect. They can start building some by admitting to themselves that Bush caused many of the problems they are protesting.