Friday, February 16, 2007

The Wobble Caucus

Like Sher Ali Khan’s Afghan Army troops form Kandahar prior to the Battle of Maiwand; these guys need to be brought back across the river and disarmed.
From the moderate suburbs of Delaware to the rural, conservative valleys of eastern Tennessee, House Republican opponents of President Bush's latest Iraq war plan cut across the GOP's ideological and regional spectrum.

Numbering a dozen or more, these House Republicans have emerged as some of the most prominent opponents of the plan to increase troop presence in Iraq. They admit to being a ragtag band, with no scheduled meetings and little political cohesion.

The Wobble Caucus as identified in the article are:
Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-MN), Rep. Ric Keller (R- FL), Rep. Phil English (R-PA), Rep.
James T. Walsh (R-NY), Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC), Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), and Rep.Michael N. Castle (R-DE).
I count 7 - where are the other half dozen? Help me out readers; name 'em and shame 'em in the comments (links as well please).

On a positive note, I have strange new respect for Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) who said,
Reps. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.), who won by less than 7,000 votes, and Heather A. Wilson (R-N.M.), who won by less than 2,000 votes, both announced Wednesday that they would oppose the Democratic resolution, condemning it as nothing more than "symbolic."

"The majority is clear on what it is against, but does not say what it is for, leaving us with what exists right now, the status quo," Shays said on the floor. "The resolution sends the wrong message to the president, to our troops and to our enemies. It will not get my vote."
Good on ‘ya.

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