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Friday, September 12, 2003



posted by annatopia at Friday, September 12, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Ever since I read that damned Pelosi letter, my gears have been grinding. I thought about how the DLC used to attack Dean, then remembered when we found out that From and Reed were working for Lieberman and Edwards. Hence, anything that they spout is now taken with a grain of salt. So, about those congresspeople that signed the Pelosi letter...

Nancy Pelosi - House Min. Leader, California 8th
Howard L. Berman - California 28th
Robert Matsui - California 5th
Steny Hoyer - Maryland 5th
Nita Lowey - New York 18th
Chet Edwards - Texas 11th
Ben Cardin - Maryland 3rd
Chris Bell - Texas 25th
C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger - Maryland 2nd
Harold Ford, Jr. - Tennessee 9th
Steve Rothman - New Jersey 9th
Alcee Hastings - Florida 23rd

Interesting, isn't it? Conspicuously absent is the signature of Rep. Robert Wexler (19th District, FLA), a known Israeli hawk. One might logically conclude that if what Dean said was really so outrageous and so bad for Israel, that Wexler would have agreed and signed the letter.
On top of that, my congressman, Rep Martin Frost (24th District, Texas) signed the letter. This should particularly irk Texas for Dean volunteers, because Frost is one of the people about to lose his job due to the Delay-led redistricting power play. Considering that many rank and file Texas democrats and local Dean supporters have been out on the street protesting, sending food and other goodies to our Killer Ds, and supporting the anti-redistricting effort in any way we can, this is a slap in the face.

As for the other signers, go google it for yourself, because if I posted my results it would take up this whole page. So what I'm saying is that most of these people have ulterior motives. Either they've signed on to another contender, or they haven't taken the time to truly research Dean's positions on the Middle East. Get a clue, congresscritters.

Oh, and while you were so busy drafting this letter and running around getting signatories, didn't you have something better to do? Oh, like, I dunno... maybe opposing Bush? Maybe helping to defeat the DC vouchers proposal? Maybe conducting an investigation into 9/11 or pre-war intelligence? Ah, but I guess helping elect your endorsee is much more important than conducting the peoples' business.

And I wonder if those congresscritters have ever heard of Rabbi Michael Lerner, a Californian who is a well respected member of the Jewish community and published author. Rabbi Lerner's organisation made a similar plea for "even-handedness" in it's proposal for mideast peace. I wonder... do these congresscritters disagree with the Rabbi as well? - New information about Lerner led me to strike this part of the entry - Anna.

Here is a link to the online form so you can write these congresscritters. And here's the number for the Congressional switchboard: 1-800-839-5276.


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