Thursday, May 03, 2007

Honestly, what is up with Susan Collins?

As Democrats start work on a new war spending bill to replace the one President Bush vetoed, at least three Republican senators who opposed the Democratic withdrawal plan said Wednesday that the new bill should include so-called benchmarks for the Iraqi government to meet.

"Obviously, the president would prefer a straight funding bill with no benchmarks, no conditions, no reports," said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). "Many of us, on both sides of the aisle, don't see that as viable."

Collins, who opposed Bush's troop buildup but balked at the Democratic withdrawal plan, is working on legislation that would require Iraqis to meet certain goals to receive U.S. reconstruction aid.

She won't support the bill we just had up with benchmarks, but said she wants benchmarks and is working on a new bill with benchmarks.

So why didn't you vote for the first bill!!! Ugh, really, I think the faux-moderate, Bush stooges make me angrier than the party-line lunatics sometimes.


At 4:55 PM, Blogger Paddy said...

Did they find anyone to run against her yet?

At 5:27 PM, Blogger gimmeabreak said...

I gotta tell ya, gang. I've only voted for 2 republicans in my whole life (and I've been able to vote for 30 years now).

Those 2 republicans were Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. I lived in Maine for a little over 8 years. People are different there. At the time (mid-eighties - mid nineties) there was not alot of difference idealogically between the Maine dems and reps. There still may not be.

I'm not trying to defend Collins, but I can imagine her angst over this. Part of her wants to be loyal to her party, but her party doesn't look the way it did 15 years ago especially the national party vs Mainers.

I don't know who the dems have slated to run against her, but Maine is not a blue state and she's been historically very popular, as has Snowe. Both of those campaigns will be interesting to watch. I'd think an independent would have some traction there. Like other New England states independents fair rather well. Maine had an independent Governor for 8(?) years - Angus King.

What's happening is that anyone caught in the "middle" - the moderates - are getting eaten up as we polarize more and more.

At 5:39 PM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

I agree that Collins is just supporting her party and I'm sure they will want to put forth a "new" bill that is bipartisan, even if the "new" bill is the same friggin' bill as the old. The Repugs just want to take credit for it because they have no friggin' ideas of their own.

This is what aggravates me about this. The Democrats want to end this stupid war, bring our troops home before we lose any more of our soldiers to this war based on lies. The Republicans don't care about anything but their party and they don't care how many of our soldiers die while they play games and politics with their lives.

Collins is guilty, IMO, of playing political games with no qualms over how many more soldiers we will lose while she does it. We should count how many soldiers die from the time this bill has been vetoed until the "new" bill (which will be exactly like the old bill) is passed. What a waste of space in that lady's head.

At 7:03 PM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Hey, is anyone here going to watch the Republican debate? It would be a good time to go onto Gably, no?

I think we should have a drinking game. A drink for everytime the term "911" is said...or a drink for each time Reagan's name is brought up. Anybody with me?

This should be funny.


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