Friday, February 11, 2005

 

And The Winners Are... The First Dem Weenie And Boxer Badge Of Courage Awards Go To:

Last week I announced that President Boxer was launching its weekly Dem Weenie and Boxer Badge of Courage awards. As I said in that post:
We're hoping that by (1) pointing out examples of Democratic cowardice and (2) praising those who measure up well to the Boxer Courage Meter, we can encourage Democrats to demonstrate more tenacity and backbone.
Our first Boxer Badge of Courage award winner is Congressman John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan, who has been a consistently strong voice on election reform and who recently took three especially praise-worthy actions:

1. He introduced the "Voting Opportunity and Technology Enhancement Rights Act,” (also known as the “VOTER Act of 2005") to "ensure that all of our citizens' rights to vote are protected" and "restore trust in our election system."

2. He wrote Attorney General Alberto Gonzales demanding that
three of his top aides recuse themselves in the Valerie Plame case.

3. He (and Rep. Louise M. Slaughter) have written to Patrick Fitzgerald, the Plame case independent prosecutor, seeking an investigation into how the reporter, James D. Guckert, who used the name Jeff Gannon, had access to classified documents that revealed the identity of Ms. Plame.

On the Dem Weenie award front we have a six-way tie. For their
torture-supporting votes in favor of Alberto Gonzales as our new Attorney General, President Boxer declares these six Senators to be Dem Weenies:

(1) Senator Ken Salazar (Colorado)
(2) Senator Joseph Lieberman (Conn.)
(3) Senator Ben Nelson (Neb.)
(4) Senator Mary Landrieu (La.)
(5) Senator Pryor (Ark)
(6) Senator Bill Nelson (Fla.)

(In case you missed it, I memorialized the Gonzales vote in verse right here.)

Next Friday we'll be naming a new set of winners. Please post your nominations here in the comments section or email me @ madkane@madkane.com -- subject line: Award Nominations.

Comments:
Absolutly right on with the Weenies... They HAD to be the first choice, although I'd have accepted just Lieberman as the figurehead for all these Dems.

Conyers, as always, proves that he is in this to help people, and not just for personal gain. He will say and do anything he needs to get done what he thinks is right. He is an honorary Boxer to me.
 
I wonder if the Dem Weenies' votes for CondiLiar will be sold as the "we had an accountability moment" for what appears to be perjury in her 9/11 testimony.
 
One of your Dem Weenies is my Senator, Bill Nelson (FL). I was very, very, VERY disappointed with his vote. I would hope that he had more stones than that but I think his re-election in two years is influencing his decisions.
 
On the bright side, that level of Democratic unity would have been unthinkable 6 months ago. I think with Boxer, Reid, and Dean the Dems have put together a winning team.

PS. Good riddance Terry Mac. You will not be missed. (Except by Karl Rove)
 
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