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June 22, 2007

Republican Wackadoodles -- Friday Edition

Maybe I could let this go as just one more wacky idea from Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King if it stopped with him. But since 83 of his colleagues signed onto it, well, you be the judge. Last night King tried to attach this amendment to an appropriations bill:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will not be permitted to use State Department funds to travel to nations that are known to have sponsored terrorism if a Republican amendment to appropriations legislation passes the House on Thursday.

The amendment to the $34 billion State and Foreign Operations bill, offered by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), prohibits funds to be used to travel to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria.

Yikes! Pelosi must be quaking in her Manolo Blahniks!

When TPMCafe's Greg Sargent called King's office to find out if the amendment also applied to Republicans Eric Cantor, David Hobson, Darryl Issa and Frank Wolf, who accompanied Pelosi on her Syrian trip, the results were predictable:

We reached a King spokesman and posed the question. His answer: "The measure only applies to one position --  the Speaker of the House."

When we asked why the measure wouldn't also apply to Republicans who might want to go to Syria, King's spokesman replied: "The Speaker of the House is third in line, and Nancy Pelosi has made it very clear that she wants" to interfere in the crafting of foreign policy.

We then inquired why the measure didn't also apply to members of Congress, since journeying to "enemy" countries is presumably a bad thing even when done by lowly Congressman. The spokesman's answer: He wasn't sure whether that had been considered, or why it might not have been.

The idiotic amendment failed, on a vote of 337-84, meaning that most of the Republicans wanted to dispose of this smelly piece of trash. But when Washingtonians discover that Republicans Dave Reichert and Cathy McMorris-Rodgers were two of the 84 that voted for it, will permanent k*n*u*c*k*l*e*h*e*a*d status finally be bestowed?

Don't know what's in McMorris-Rodgers' coffee. But gee, Congressman Reichert. Those sentimental days of yesteryear, those Prince Charming moments, are but a misty, water-colored memory to me now.

Posted by shoephone on June 22, 2007 at 12:04 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink


Geez, even "my" three Neanderthals voted nay - Reynolds, Kuhl, and Walsh. Maybe I'll campaign for them in 2008.

Posted by: op99 | Jun 22, 2007 6:09:46 PM

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