Now that the Democrat-controlled Congress has passed the spending bill, and will pass spending bills to finance the Iraq war, and will pass the AMT "patch" without raising taxes, let us pause and be sympathetic to our anti-war bloggers. They lost.
OK, enough of a pause.
So why am I being so thoughtful? (After all, a good gloat would seem more appropriate.)
From the Captain:
The Democrats will have to hope that their pork will serve as a consolation prize to the anti-war activists that they have now abandoned twice in this session of Congress.
Because those anti-war folks now know EXACTLY how Conservatives feel. We, too, got "pork" instead of rational spending limits from the "Republicans" in Congress.
IOW, both the Congressional Dems and the Congressional Pubbies think that we can be purchased--bought off--for a fistful of dollars.
Says a lot about Congressional principles, eh?
Here's what Real Conservatives have to say about RINO McConnell & Co.:
It's hard to understand why Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was so shortsighted. In exchange for giving up his coveted earmarks, McConnell could have held the growth of government to 2% next year. Instead, it will increase between 4% to 5% under the omnibus. Even House Minority Leader Roy Blunt admitted today during a lunch with conservative bloggers that a continuing resolution would have been catastrophic for the Democrats in comparison to the omnibus.
During the same briefing with bloggers, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) seemed downright frustrated by his leadership's willingness to sign off on a bad bill. Short of keeping senators and staffs in the Capitol through Christmas, Coburn admitted there was little that could be done to stop the legislation.
For as frustrating as it is to watch McConnell roll over, what's even more disappointing is that President Bush is willing to sign a bill (assuming troop funding for Iraq is added) that violates so many of the principles he's been fighting for all year...
We know all about unprincipled political whores, folks. While we cannot agree with your positions, we understand your frustration.
So you have Baldwin and Feingold. We have Sensenbrenner and Ryan.
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