Saturday, February 05, 2005


Recognizing a couple of Republicans with backbone

Today I would like to recognize a couple of Republicans with backbone. The Washington Post reports on how the House ethics committee has been purged of all of the Republicans who actually had ethics. Nothing new here but Reps. Kenny Hulshof (R-Mo.) and Steven C. LaTourette (R-Ohio) had the backbone to actually call it a purge.
Mr. Hulshof had the guts to call a purge a purge. "I believe the decision was a direct result of our work in the last session," Mr. Hulshof told the Post-Dispatch. Mr. Hulshof noted that he had specifically asked the speaker to be allowed to stay on -- and that the Republicans who remained on the panel had actually served longer. Mr. LaTourette was similarly unconvinced. "I think clearly he changed the makeup of the committee because people were for whatever reason not happy with the committee," Mr. LaTourette told the Hill newspaper.
It takes backbone to be a Republican and stand up to the ethically challenged Bugman, Tom Delay.

Great idea! In addition to showing support for Sen. Boxer, we want to showcase others who have the courage to do the right thing. I'm glad you did a post about Republicans who demonstrated such courage.

Come to think if it, if you can find enough examples, this would make a great regular feature. (Republicans who challenge Bush's Piratization of Social Security plan come to mind.)
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