Saturday, February 17, 2007

Biden Goes To Work, McCain Goes To Campaign

Biden Goes To Work, McCain Goes To Campaign

I've dissed Joe Biden's long-shot candidacy recently but give him credit: he's cancelled some (all?) of his Iowa campaign events in order to participate in the Senate vote on the anti-surge resolution. He also had to cancel a Marshalltown event Friday due to an unscheduled plane stop reports Common Iowan.

But John McCain? He's skipping work, blowing off the most important Senate debate of the year, and sticking to his full weekend campaign schedule. And Straight Talk (sic) Iowa Style is damn proud of it:

The foolish cowardice of Senate Democrats will not keep John McCain from hearing out the good people of Iowa.

Here's more credit where credit is due: the 17 House Republicans who crossed party lines to vote against Bush and the surge.

Castle (DE)
Coble (NC)
Davis (VA)
Duncan (TN)
English (PA)
Gilchrest (MD)
Inglis (SC)
Johnson (IL)
Jones (NC)
Keller (FL)
Kirk (IL)
LaTourette (OH)
Paul (TX)
Petri (WI)
Ramstad (MN)
Upton (MI)
Walsh (NY)

Saving their own butts or principled opposition? Some of each, perhaps, but they did the right thing. Two Dems went the other way: Jim Marshall (GA), who's in one of the gerrymander districts, and museum piece Gene Taylor of Mississippi, who votes like an old fashioned Southern conservative Democrat but resisted many attempts to get him to cross over in the Gingrich-Hastert era.

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