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Physician, heal thyself
Posted by: Jon Henke on Friday, September 01, 2006

When it was discovered that Republican Ted Stevens had put a secret hold on the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, Democratic Chairman Howard Dean was outraged. He sent this email to supporters:
A Republican Senator famous for pork barrel spending placed a "secret hold" that's preventing the proposal from even getting a vote. The mystery Senator has revealed himself — it's none other than Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, who became famous for trying to waste taxpayer dollars to build a "bridge to nowhere".

It's time to ratchet up the pressure and get this bill on the Congressional agenda. Tell Ted Stevens to give this important open government measure a fair up or down vote [...] Ted Stevens, the most senior Republican in the Senate, don't want you to see the wasteful mess that he and his party have made of the federal budget.
[...]
Tell Republican Ted Stevens that you demand accountability from the people who spend your money:
And then it turned out that Democratic Senator Robert Byrd had "also placed a "secret hold" on legislation that would open up the hidden world of government contracts to public scrutiny." And Howard Dean didn't say a word.

This might be a good time to remind everybody what Howard Dean said in May of 2005:
[I]t is galling to be lectured to about moral values by folks who have their own problems. [...] Everybody has ethical shortcomings. We ought not to lecture each other about our ethical shortcomings.


Jon Henke is the Netroots Coordinator for the George Allen Senate campaign.
 
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I’m a Republican and I say Howard Dean is the Gift that Keeps on Giving.... still-and-all he does get something of a bad rap. He’s like Dan Quayle, there’s somweting about the Good Dr. from Vermont that just screams, "Kick ME! ’Google’ me and see what I said last year." I’m sure all DNC Chairs have their problems like this, but he just seems to bring it out in other people.

Still even that having been said he needs a better staff, they need to point out to the Good Dr. from Vermont when he’s about to make an ^r$e of himself, "Oh sir we google this speech of yours and LAST year you said (_____), it might be better if you phrased it THIS way." It’s like this generation of Democrats just can’t understand Lexis-Nexus or Google.
 
Written By: Joe
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Yes, Dean is the story. Personally, I am impressed that Jon has moved from a BDS sufferer to an astute observer of the political scene in such a short time. Yes, I know that is a shorthand method of describing the change, but I am impressed. It is like he decided to actually integrate consistency into his political thinking. No way he will come out where I am, but at least he is starting to make sense. And he just may turn into a leader who I can learn from. On the other hand, maybe his new credibility is due to his earning a buck in the arena. OK, if I have to pick, I pick that the bucks aren’t that much. Therefore, I think he is starting to see the "game" for what it is. And that has caused him to see the error of his prior ways. So he still comes from where he comes from. But the veil has been lifted from his eyes.
Well, that is the most positive interpretation of the change. Point is, there has been a change. I hope that is a good thing. Lead on, Jon.
 
Written By: Robert Fulton
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And then it turned out that Democratic Senator Robert Byrd had "also placed a "secret hold" on legislation that would open up the hidden world of government contracts to public scrutiny." And Howard Dean didn’t say a word.
Jon, you will be kind enough to point to where RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman denounced Senator Stevens secret hold on the act, won’t you?
I did a google and could not find it.

After all, Mehlman could easily denounce the Alaska Senators actions and not have that hypocrisy millstone hanging around his neck – and get a bonus shot at Byrd.

It would be a win win…
So where is it?
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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PogueMahone, I’m trying in vain to find where Mehlman said anything about Byrd on the issue that would make his silence on Stevens hypocritical like Dean’s newfound silence is. Would you be kind enough to point that out?

Gentlemen, best of luck in taking your front page back from the inept hacker.
 
Written By: Pablo
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Gentlemen, best of luck in taking your front page back from the inept hacker.
Wonderful stuff, eh? We’re aware of it and working on it.
 
Written By: McQ
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So does that mean that Ted Stevens is good? Or does it mean that Howard Dean is bad? Or both? Between a ex-KKKer who is now defending the Constitution and Ted Stevens, famous for the bridge to nowhere. I will take Byrd. By the way, I would never hack, but maybe you haven’t paid your anti-net-neutrality dues yet.
 
Written By: william
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william, Dean, Stevens and Byrd are all bad. So is "Net Neutrality" by which you mean "Take control of backbone networks away from the people who built them and give it to the government."

Verizon and it’s competitors are not spending billions and billions of dollars expanding their ability to bring you the internet because they want to keep you off it.

Have you noticed that Verizon is charging $14.95/month for DSL now? Net neutrality is a solution looking for a problem.
 
Written By: Pablo
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PogueMahone, I’m trying in vain to find where Mehlman said anything about Byrd on the issue that would make his silence on Stevens hypocritical like Dean’s newfound silence is. Would you be kind enough to point that out?
I’m not saying that Mehlman is being hypocritical. So why are you asking me?

In fact, I stated to the contrary. Read it again, and this time I’ll highlight the particular that I suspect you missed.
After all, Mehlman could easily denounce the Alaska Senators actions and not have that hypocrisy millstone hanging around his neck – and get a bonus shot at Byrd.
The point is that Mehlman didn’t denounce it at all.

So Dean is a hypocrite… stop the presses. At least someone denounced something about this awful legislation. Jeez.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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Pablo, I have to agree with you on this. All around bad marks for Dean, Stevens, and Byrd. Also, Net Neutrality is another issue that, although I haven’t researched it as well as most bloggers, seems like a VERY BAD THING. It’s time voters sent a message to Congress that our tax dollars need to be respected and we have an absolute right to know where they are going. Stevens and Byrd need to be sent home in disgrace by voters next time they are up for election. As for Dean ... give him enough rope. He’ll hang himself.
 
Written By: The Poet Omar
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Geez, Pogue, I was sure when I saw where you said:
After all, Mehlman could easily denounce the Alaska Senators actions and not have that hypocrisy millstone hanging around his neck – and get a bonus shot at Byrd.
..that you meant if Mehlman denounced Stevens, he’d not have that hypocrisy millstone hanging around his neck. It seems to me that you think he’s behaving in a hypocritical fashion that could be resolved by bashing Stevens (who’d deserve it). And that by failing to do so he has a millstone of hypocrisy hanging around his neck. But apparently, there’s a meaning in that sentence which I’ve somehow managed to miss.

Mehlman apparently checked to see if he was inhabiting a glass house prior to throwing any stones. That’s prudent behavior for a national party chairman, don’t you think?

BTW, the legislation is fine. The secret holds are the problem.
 
Written By: Pablo
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BTW, the legislation is fine. The secret holds are the problem.


Quite right. My mistake. Coupling "awful" and "legislation" is just habit.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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It is Trus....Senator Byrd was guilty of placing a hold on the bill. But Dean may not have said anything since Byrd released his hold.

Now it’s just Stevenson’s Hold preventing the bill from reaching the Senate Floor.

Why not ask Stevenson to let this bill have the vote it’s entitled too?

Buzz...Buzz...
 
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