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Anger with Senate Republicans

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Anger is growing over the sudden and stunning desertion by Senate Republicans of the president and the battle for Iraq. But don’t e-mail me. E-mail and call the three people who can stop this nonsense:

Senate Majority Leader Frist, (202) 224-3344, e-mail

Majority Whip Mitch McConnell, (202) 224-2541, e-mail

Armed Services Chairman John Warner, (202) 224-2023, e-mail

You can also use the Congressional switchboard: 202-225-3121.

Demand the resolution be withdrawn. At a minimum the Senate must allow a few days for the American people to weigh in on this proposed retreat.

The proposed Senate resolution is an unmistakable vote-of-no-confidence in the Administration, and the best gift the United States Senate could give Zarqawi and his terrorist ranks. It is almost incomprehensible that Senate Republicans could see this in any other fashion.

Suddenly we are back where we were when the Congress turned on the Vietnam War. Hopefully some Republicans will emerge to lead the fight against this ill-advised and deeply defeatist onset of the shakes.

The hard left gets it. See this post at Pandagon:

Cat Killer Frist and John Warner of Virginia want to get their party out of the vortex sucking down the Chimp and are moving, with a non-binding resolution, to solidify their position with the equivalent of a no-confidence vote on Bush’s Iraq policy.

This move came after Dems Carl Levin, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Chris Dodd of Connecticut and John Kerry took turns pummeling Bush policy on Iraq on the Senate floor yesterday.

Ed Morrissey writes
that he “would hesitate in reading [the resolution] as a capitulation in any circumstance.”

Sorry, Ed. The left knows what it is. Zarqawi will know what it is. And any fair observer has to see it for it is. Read this:

Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Democrat of Connecticut, said he saw the proposal as a potential “turning point” in Congressional deliberation over Iraq and related issues.

There will be no spinning this as a necessary bit of Congressional oversight.

There can be no “timetable” in a war with Islamofascism, and Senate resolutions do nothing to deter the next attack on America.


Scrappleface gets it:

Zarqawi Backs GOP Call to Unveil War-Ending Plan
by Scott Ott

(2005-11-15) ‘” Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, today endorsed a measure introduced by Senate Republicans that would force President George Bush to layout his plan for ending the war against terrorists in Iraq.

‘We think it is important for a democracy such as the United States to be transparent with the public,’


The Battle for Ubaydi

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The battle for Ubaydi may be a less-well publicized repeat of the battle for Fallujah a year ago. The toll on terrorists is quite high, and the house-to-house combat must be as intense as was last year’s showdown.

This year, though, the Marines are fighting against a backdrop of increasingly bitter partisan debate over their mission, and even with an incredible demand from the Senate that the Administration explain its policies in Iraq. From the Washington Times:

The Senate is expected to vote today to demand that the Bush administration “explain to Congress and the American people its strategy for the successful completion of the mission in Iraq.”
Republican leaders are resisting Democrats’ call for the administration to provide a plan for withdrawal, but in agreeing that the administration must provide more information and a schedule for reaching full Iraqi sovereignty, they are joining Democrats in signaling that the White House and the Iraqi government must produce results in 2006.

I find it hard to believe that the Republican majority would indulge such theatrics at any time, but certainly not when the president is abroad. Majority Leader Frist must have abandoned his presidential hopes, because participating in what is surely going to be perceived as an attack on the president and the Administration’s handling of the GWOT –and there is no denying that this is what the Senate’s resolution will be understood to be– is the last way to impress the American voter of either party.

From the New York Times:

Mr. Frist said an important reason for the Republican proposal was to offer an alternative to the Democratic call for a withdrawal timetable. “The real objective was to get out of this timeline of cutting and running that the Democrats have in their amendment,” he said.

Mr. Warner said he decided to take the Democratic proposal and edit it to his satisfaction in an effort to find common ground between the parties on the issue.

Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Democrat of Connecticut, said he saw the proposal as a potential “turning point” in Congressional deliberation over Iraq and related issues.

Here’s an idea: Instead of cowering before the Senate giants like Barbara Boxer and Dick Durbin, bring up the Democratic demand for a withdrawal, debate the war in full view of the country, and then vote the demand for retreat down.

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The Revolution Is Upon Us

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AOL Launching Online Video Of TV’s Favorite Oldies

First, given that F Troop is perhaps the most politically incorrect show ever made, I am astonished that AOL is leading with this classic television series as it moves to compete directly with broadcast television.

Second, this is the sound of doom for the networks. Before long their audience will go the way of newspapers’ audiences –splintered far beyond their already shattered state as Americans simply call up whatever it is they want to see, whenever they want to see it.

At launch, the available shows will include:

Adventures of Brisco County Jr., Alice, Babylon 5, Beetlejuice, Chico and the Man, Dark Justice, Eight is Enough, F Troop, The F.B.I., Falcon Crest, Freakazoid, Freddy’s Nightmares, The Fugitive, Growing Pains, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Head of the Class, Histeria!, Kung Fu, La Femme Nikita, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Maverick, The New Adventures of Batman, Perfect Strangers, Pinky and the Brain, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Sisters, Spenser: For Hire, V, Welcome Back, Kotter, and Wonder Woman.

AOL expects to add more shows over time.

Not Willing To Debate, Part 1.

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My producer contacted to anti-ANWR exploration Congressmen’s staffs today to get either David Reichert of Washington State or Jim Gerlach of Pennsylvania to appear on the show to defend their positions. Both invitations were declined. They will be renewed again and again, but of course the refusal tells us a lot about the confidence these Representatives have in their positions. We will also be extending invites to Congressmen Shays and Simmons. Don’t hold your breath.

On another front, the special election to fill SEC Chair and former Congressman Chris Cox’s seat is scheduled for December 6. State Senator John Campbell will win in a walk, but Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist is running on the ticket of the American Independent Party. When Jim Gilchrist appeared on my show a couple of weeks back, I asked him if he would return for a debate with John Campbell, and Jim Gilchrist said yes. Yesterday and today my producer Duane sent the invitation, via phone and e-mail, for a debate on election eve to both Campbell and Gilchrist. Campbell immediately accepted.

Despite his earlier commitment, Glichrist’s staff refused the debate he had already accepted. Here’s producer Duane’s e-mail back to Tim of the Gilchrist team:

tim, i got a call from rick s_____, who said there was a problem with having a debate between campbell and gilchrist on hugh’s show, because your campaign is worried about fairness issues, due to hugh having a link to campbell’s campaign on his website. Based on that, rick said that gilchrist declines the request for a debate on monday the 5th. I just wanted to get that in writing, so if you e-mail me back to confirm, i would appreciate it. thanks…d

As background, local Los Angeles talk show pot and pan bangers, “John and Ken,” are huge Gilchrist backers, in the bag for Jim from day one of the special election. They lie down for Gilchrist whenever he appears on their show, never posed him a single tough question and as a result never got a single bit of non-illegal immigration-related info from their co-host Gilchrist. It was booster radio, pure and simple, and still is.

Nevertheless, Campbell went on their show to debate Gilchirst the night before the primary, which was to Campbell’s credit. I guess Jim Gilchrist hopes that he’ll get another set-up debate from John and Ken on election eve. Campbell should turn down any such offer. Gilchrist reneged, and shouldn’t be given a free pass to appear with his powder puff buddies instead of a real debate.

The offer is still open.


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