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Sorry, The Leash Is Not That Long

Setting out to prove once again that substance is nothing and appearances are everything, President Stuffed Codpiece declared yesterday “Child Health Day” in anticipation of vetoing the SCHIP bill.

I think we should celebrate by providing them with maps to the emergency room.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn says that 15 GOP votes is the magic number needed to override the veto. The DCCC is running robocalls and radio ads against eight Republicans who voted against the bill. Which is great — it’s reprehensible thing to do and they ought to be hammered on it. But what about the Democrats that voted against it?

Clyburn said he expected four of the eight Democrats who voted against the measure last week to vote for it when it comes back to the floor for an override vote. Another Democrat who voted present will also vote for the override, Clyburn said Tuesday afternoon.

Pelosi evidently let them off the reservation for the last vote. Kucinich voted ‘no’ on the last bill because it dropped inclusion of illegal immigrants, and would presumably vote ‘yes’ next time around, as would Kathy Castor, who favored a bill that would serve more children (though she also had issues with the cigar tax). Watson was the one who voted “present.” Bush Dog Dan Boren has had his come-to-Jesus moment, so that leaves the usual suspects, who vote with the Republicans with alarming regularity:

Jim Marshall (D-GA)–Washington, D.C. Office (202)225-6531; Macon, GA Office 1-877-464-0255; Tifton, GA Office (229)556-7418.

Baron Hill (D-IN)–Washington, D.C. Office (202)225-5315; Jeffersonville, IN Office (812)288-3999; Bloomington, IN Office (812)336-3000.

Gene Taylor (D-MS)–Washington, D.C. Office (202)225-5772; Bay St. Louis, MS Office (228)469-9235; Gulfport, MS Office (228)864-7670; Ocean Springs, MS Office (228)872-7950; Hattiesburg, MS Office (601)582-3246; Laurel, MS Office (601)425-3905.

Bob Etheridge (D-NC)–Washington, D.C. Office (202)225-4531; Raleigh, NC Office (919)829-9122 or 1-888-262-6202; Lillington, NC Office (910)814-0335 or 1-866-384-3743.

Mike McIntyre (D-NC)–Washington, D.C. Office (202)225-2731; Lumberton, NC Office (910)735-0610; Fayetteville, NC Office (910)323-0260; Wilmington, NC Office (910)815-4959; Bolivia, NC Office (910)253-0158.

Democrats actually do stand for something — or at least they should — and this is it. It’s absurd for anyone to think they’re allowed off the reservation on this one.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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