From Reuters: Democrats to Fund Iraq War With No Pullout Date
The most disturbing part:
“Instead of setting schedules for pulling U.S. troops, it appeared the Democratic-run Congress and the Republican White House agreed for the first time to include conditions prodding Baghdad to make better progress toward quelling violence or risk losing around $1.3 billion in U.S. reconstruction aid.”
I’ll no longer be blogging here at Blue in VA.
This site WILL be left up.
I’m now a regular contributor at The Virginia Progressive. Check it out. As soon as the Senate primary is over, I’m really hoping to delve into a solid analysis of important issues.
The Shad Planking received national media attention this year from the National Journal’s Hotline blog.
Just one problem I have with their article.
It seemed to VASTLY understate the presence of Jim Webb at the Planking. Now I wasn’t there, but I’ve seen numerous pictures of Webb signs lining Rt. 460 and other roads around Wakefield, without an Allen sign to be seen in the area. Hotline, however, had this to say:
“Luckily for Allen, though, the half-dozen or so anti-abortion activists were probably the biggest nuisance he faced all day. His two SEN opponents, ex-technology lobbyist Harris Miller (D) and ex-Navy Secretary Jim Webb (D), both made appearances, but had little of the presence that the GOPer projected.”
Oh, so Sen. Allen PROJECTED thousands of Webb signs to dwarf his sign presence? I don’t think so.
Pictures courtesy of Kenton Ngo and Raising Kaine, respectively.
As AG McDonnell gives the keynote at Virginia’s most political event of the year, this is worth reflecting on:
“I will use my experience working across the aisle to make the office less political and improve the overall efficiency and responsiveness of our government.”
-Senator Creigh Deeds on his goals for the office of Attorney General
Mere months after winning the closest election in Virginia history, and with three shad plankings left before the 2009 Gubernatorial Race, AG McDonnell is campaigning for Governor.
Looks like we have another Jerry Kilgore. The AG’s office is just a stepping stone for McDonnell. I hope he uses it for SOME good while he’s there…
This is from NewsMax (of all places…) and is kind of old:
“NewsMax caught up with Sen. George Allen at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Memphis, Tenn. to ask him about his proposed idea of withholding congressional pay when Congress fails to deliver legislation during the regular Congressional season…
…When asked who is actually supportive of the idea, the Senator laughed.
“I haven’t found any yet. However, I am going to try to find a way. [Sen. Tom] Coburn, R-Okla., ought to be with me. I’ll have to talk to him.”
Focusing your attention on legislation that has the support of 1 (ought to be 2, if you count Sen. Coburn) votes really is accomplishing what Virginians want accomplished by their legislators. Then again, so is running for President and Senate simultaneously. I REALLY want Sen. Allen to come up with a creative explaination for the Iowa license plate that was reportedly on his sign truck at the Shad Planking today.
Has our Senator left us for the state he wishes he was born in?
You be the judge (blatantly stolen from Raising Kaine):