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Reader BobbyG found a great article on Salon that highlights how the Rubber Stamp Republican Congressional leadership can’t even keep its own word with members of the Republican party. 

Jones is not a natural dove. He sits on the Armed Services Committee and his district includes Camp Lejeune, the home base of nearly 47,000 sailors and Marines. But Jones is one of a handful of Republican congressmen to break ranks with President Bush and the GOP leadership over Iraq. In recent months, he has been campaigning for a “full and honest” debate on the Iraq war. And he has written several letters to GOP committee chairmen and Majority Leader John Boehner, requesting the chance for a public vote on a pullout date.

Of course, none of that has happened. In April, Boehner told his colleagues that he would schedule a floor debate on Iraq, apparently bowing to pressure from Democrats and Republicans such as Jones. But this week, when the debate finally kicked off, Boehner and the Republican leadership pulled a bait and switch. Instead of an Iraq debate, they scheduled a debate on a resolution “declaring that the United States will prevail in the Global War on Terror.” And then, in an election-year trick that is almost as old as the Congress itself, the GOP leadership barred any amendments on the resolution, effectively forcing Democrats to vote on whether or not they want Osama bin Laden to win.

Jones now says he feels duped by his own party’s leadership. “Maybe I should have been less trusting, but I felt it would be a debate that would allow us to talk about policy,” Jones told me.

Now the GOP leadership is playing bait and switch with its own members to do CYA for Bush, Cheney and Rummy. Pathetic.  No real debate.  No meaningful oversight.  No accountability.  All CYA, alla time.  Meanwhile, the Pentagon can’t even pay electric bills and the troops don’t have appropriate equipment — still — over in Iraq.  Oh, and homeland security — still only inspecting maybe 5% or less of all containers entering the country…it just goes on and on and on.

Had enough?

PS — This may not mean anything to anyone but the SFF readers in the audience, but please take some time to send thoughts and prayers (or whatever it is that you do) for Jim Baen, who has apparently had a very serious stroke.  (H/T to Patrick at MakingLight for the heads up on this.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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