Sixty votes. What most of us don’t take into account in our frustration with all things Washington, is that despite our election victories in the fall, we’re still short the votes to bring an end to Bushco’s disastrous foray into Iraq. We need 60 votes to make the big things happen, not 51. So we rail against the Dems for being wimps and not doing what they said they’d do, but it remains the Repubs who are the problem. Turns out enough of 'em aren't wimps.
Take yesterday’s vote on Jim Webb’s and Chuck Hagel’s amendment to give soldiers more time back home between overseas deployments – something you’d think the “pro-family” Repubs would be all over. Think again. The proposal to allow debate of the plan went down 56-41, with 7 Repubs breaking rank with their party – including our own “finger-in-the wind” Norm Coleman. Six of the seven are facing re-election, Norm included, which gives you some idea that they’re hearing the sentiment of the American public. But 56 ain’t 60, and why aren’t more Republicans crossing over on a vote like this?
Well, turns out they’re the wimps. Or would be if they crossed their goony president on such things. Read on.
According to the NYTimes: Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the Republican leader, sought to close ranks in advance of the vote. In a private meeting, an aide confirmed, he urged members not to join the “wimps,” a term he used to describe senators who have broken with the president.
There you have it. Break ranks with an inarticulate, incurious, ill-informed, incompetent, impetuous, imbecile president, who also happens to be a loafer, a liar and a lout, not to mention a lame-duck, and you, my fellow Americans, are wimps. George Hamilton perma-tan Boehner says so.
Speaking of men with tans who we can’t quite trust, who are perhaps not wimps but more familiar with pimps, can we cut loose here on Sen. David Vitter? Okay, maybe he’s not tan. His name is now turning up on lists at other call-girl services and brothels.
But hey, he made a mistake, he sinned, he’s asked god’s forgiveness and his wife’s too, it’s over, so like what’s the problem?
Even the call-girls say he was a real nice guy, didn’t want anything dirty or raunchy, and sometimes just liked to talk. One of them posits that maybe his wife didn’t listen to him enough. Can’t imagine why.
Here’s a glimpse of how this happy pro-family-values couple views marriage and fidelity.
(Hat tip, FDL) In 2000, Vitter was included in a Newhouse News Service story about the strain of congressional careers on families.
His wife, Wendy, was asked by the Newhouse News reporter: If her husband was as unfaithful as former President Bill Clinton, would she be as forgiving as Hillary Clinton?
“I’m a lot more like Lorena Bobbitt than Hillary,” Wendy Vitter told Newhouse News. “If he does something like that, I’m walking away with one thing, and it’s not alimony, trust me.”
Well, if she keeps her word, looks like we’ll have one more girly-man wimp in the Republican ranks. Fifty-five votes. We’re, um, inching up.