Sellouts And Potential Heroes

My nemesis (not really) Matt Stoller says these are the Congresspersons who betrayed Dems on the Iraq withdrawal legislation:

Michael Arcuri (NY-24)
John Barrow (GA-12)
Melissa Bean (IL-08)
Dan Boren (OK-02)
Jim Cooper (TN-05)
Bud Cramer (AL-02)
Brad Ellsworth (IN-08)
Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-20)
Baron Hill (IN-09)
Tim Mahoney (FL-16)
Jim Marshall (GA-08)
Mike McIntyre (NC-07)
John Peterson (PA-05)
John Salazar (CO-03)
Joe Sestak (PA-07)
Heath Shuler (NC-11)
Gene Taylor (MS-04)

Some of these folks do not care what we think. Some should. All are making a big mistake, policy-wise and politically. But because the Republicans will provide no more than 8 to 10 votes for this Dem legislation, this bill can go down to defeat and should. Who can be those heroes?

The Out of Iraq Caucus can defeat this horrible bill. The Out of Iraq Caucus includes:

(As of September 14, 2006)

Rep. Maxine Waters, Chair, Co-Founder

Rep. Lynn Woolsey, Co-Founder

Rep. John Conyers, Co-Founder

Rep. Charlie Rangel, Co-Founder

Rep. Barbara Lee, Co-Founder

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Co-Founder

Rep. William Delahunt, Co-Founder

Rep. John Lewis, Co-Founder

Rep. Neil Abercrombie
Rep. Tammy Baldwin

Rep. Xavier Becerra

Rep. Corrine Brown

Rep. Sherrod Brown

[now Sen. Brown]

Rep. Lois Capps

Rep. Michael Capuano

Rep. Julia Carson

Rep. Donna Christensen

Rep. William Lacy Clay

Rep. Elijah Cummings

Rep. Danny Davis

Rep. Peter DeFazio

Rep. Lloyd Doggett

Rep. Lane Evans

Rep. Sam Farr

Rep. Chaka Fattah

Rep. Bob Filner

Rep. Barney Frank

Rep. Raul Grijalva

Rep. Luis Gutierrez

Rep. Maurice Hinchey

Rep. Rush Holt

Rep. Michael Honda

Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee

Rep. William Jefferson

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson

Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones

Rep. Marcy Kaptur

Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick

Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Rep. John Larson

Rep. Stephen Lynch

Rep. Jim McDermott

Rep. James McGovern

Rep. Cynthia McKinney

[no longer in Congress]

Rep. Michael McNulty

Rep. Carolyn Maloney

Rep. Edward Markey

Rep. Marty Meehan

Rep. George Miller

Rep. Gwen Moore

Rep. Jim Moran

Rep. Grace Napolitano

Rep. Richard Neal

Rep. Eleanor Holmes-Norton

Rep. James Oberstar

Rep. John Olver

Rep. Major Owens

Rep. Frank Pallone

Rep. Donald Payne

Rep. Nick Rahall

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard

Rep. Bobby Rush

Rep. Linda Sanchez

Rep. Bobby Scott

Rep. Jose Serrano

Rep. Hilda Solis

Rep. Pete Stark

Rep. Bennie Thompson

Rep. John Tierney

Rep. Ed Towns

Rep. Nydia Velázquez

Rep. Diane Watson

Rep. Albert Wynn

30 heroes will stop this travesty of a bill and signal to the Dem leadership and the Blue Dogs that they are not the only Congresspersons with a voice on the most important issue of our time.

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    Hmm. (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by LarryInNYC on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 05:13:11 PM EST
    I'd be interested in seeing what Sestak has to say about his position -- from all reports he's someone whose judgement I would probably respect.

    As for the actual bill, Stoller says the "saboteurs" plan to vote against the bill in question since it contains "a certain date" (I presume he means "a date certain") for withdrawal.  Presumabely you want the Out of Iraq caucus to vote for the bill?

    Sestak has a plan (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 05:17:03 PM EST
    with a withdrawal date.

    HE does not want to actually withdrawal - which requires defunding.

    He is a fraud on this issue.


    The obvious question for you: Got... (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by cal11 voter on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 05:26:00 PM EST
    a link to Sestak's plan?

    Let me get it (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 05:38:08 PM EST
    So. . . (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by LarryInNYC on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 08:17:29 PM EST
    Sestak has a plan with a withdrawal date.

    What's the difference between his plan with a withdrawal date and the plan with a withdrawal date that Stoller says Sestak is voting against?  Neither of them contain defunding, isn't that right?

    Stoller says Sestak objects to the "date certain" in this plan, but that wouldn't be his objection if he has his own date certain plan.  (Unless Stoller is right and it really is an issue of "a certain date" -- Sestak wants to leave on a Wednesday, say, and this plan calls for leaving on Monday after work.)


    Ask Sestak (none / 0) (#17)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 09:40:16 PM EST
    See (5.00 / 2) (#5)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 05:39:27 PM EST

    So he's with the House leadership? (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by cal11 voter on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 05:47:34 PM EST
    Is that a correct reading of that link?

    Well (none / 0) (#7)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 05:54:25 PM EST
    before the Blue Dogs did in their proposal, but with an earlier withdrawal date.

    Stoller update: Sestak not a Blue Dog. (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by cal11 voter on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 07:13:36 PM EST
    At your link.

    What's this?? (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by annefrank on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 06:20:06 PM EST
    He (Sestak) won't commit to any final package until he's convinced troops are properly trained and protected

    correct me if i am wrong (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by conchita on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 06:11:35 PM EST
    my understanding is that we need to encourage the out of iraq caucus to hold firm in their opposition and pressure the blue dogs to support ending the war.

    Interesting list (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Dadler on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 06:40:28 PM EST
    Nobody west of Colorado.  The left coast is right.  

    Thanks for the grist! (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by buhdydharma on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 06:41:12 PM EST

    Sourcewatch also has (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by Edger on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 06:59:54 PM EST
    a good stub page on the Out Of Iraq Caucus, and a good Exit Strategy from Iraq page.

    BTW (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Edger on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 07:01:09 PM EST
    the stub page needs expansion, BTD. ;-)

    nudge...nudge... (none / 0) (#20)
    by Edger on Wed Mar 14, 2007 at 01:15:30 PM EST
    Foreign policy held hostage... (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by bx58 on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 11:02:26 PM EST
    There was some big talk around Washington recently about how the democratic congress was going to make it more difficult for Bush/Cheney to launch their war on Iran. Turns out it was just talk.

    Can you give us that list also?

    Not sure what I can do (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by Light Emitting Pickle on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 11:09:37 PM EST
    I'm registered in Ca-29 (Adam Schiff), but I live in Canada. I still vote in this district, but I'm obviously not local. I'm not sure my voice can carry any weight at all. Any ideas? I'm active in Democrats Abroad, but most of our work is GOTV.