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Friday, July 25, 2003


"Backbone" Nominations

posted by Trammell at Friday, July 25, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Last week it was Pelosi, Rangel and the House Dems (you'll have to scroll down, the archive link is broken). After promising the Republicans' a "week from hell" Pelosi and the Dems forced GOP leaders to force Bill Thomas to apologize or face losing his leadership spot. Thomas, never humble, was hobbled and practically groveling. Nice job, eh?

It's time for nominations. Who had "back" this week? Who didn't? Does anyone deserve the award? And who should get a Fruitcake Rebellion (TM) fruitcake? Winners (and losers) posted by Sunday.


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