Bush Dog Jason Altmire (PA-04) Will Offer Another Blank Check to Bush

by: Matt Stoller

Thu Aug 30, 2007 at 20:31

Chris Bowers pointed out that another blank check for Iraq is probably on its way.  Whatever you think about funding strategies for Iraq, this is a good illustration of just how the Bush Dogs hurt us.  Here's Jason Altmire, of PA-04, at a press conference upon his recent return from Iraq, on Bush's funding requests.

The president has made the decision to continue the mission at its current level, and I am never going to vote to withhold funding to our brave men and women when they are out in the field of battle serving in harm's way.

By way of background, Jason Altmire is a freshman in a district outside of Pittsburgh, and his district's PVR is R +2.6.  He's facing a reelection campaign against either former Congresswoman Melissa Hart or Lynn Swann, neither of whom are particularly good candidates.  Republicans have already set up an attack site against him quoting from Fox News and punishing him for voting against the troops.

With his statements on funding, Almire is preemptively caving in to whatever Bush wants.  Here's Altmire on Petraeus's report.

So -- and I do want to say one thing about General Petraeus and the meeting that we had with him. I have the utmost confidence, after speaking with him and seeing his commitment to this report, that what you hear in his testimony and what he says is going to be from his heart. I don't think there's going to be any fingerprints from the White House Political Office on General Petraeus's comments.

Just a few weeks ago, the White House claimed they would author the report by Petraeus, casting his credibility into question.  Just today, the administration pushed the GAO into changing its pessimistic report on Iraq.  Why would Altmire grant the White House this kind of credibilty by building up Patraeus as an unassailable spokesman?  Petraeus is going to say the surge is working.  We know that now.

Altmire will vote for timelines, and says he wants a withdrawal of troops from Iraq.  But he's going to vote for any and all money Bush wants, and he will stand up for surrogates of the surge like Patraeus.

I used Howie Klein's profile of Bush Dog Jason Almire to write this post.  It was really useful to have that content handy.  If you have a bit of time, pick a Bush Dog Democrat who hasn't been profiled and profile him.

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It's extraordinary (0.00 / 0)
  Has there EVER been a more obsequious and subservient Congress in American history?

  The Republicans and their war are about as popular as scurvy. Young people, especially, are permanently writing off the GOP's bankrupt non-vision for America. The president is liked by few, disliked by most, and loathed by many.

  The Democrats currently enjoy a rare, once-in-a-generation opportunity to assert themselves and take over as the natural governing party for a few decades. And they're exploiting this opportunity by...giving the Republicans everything they want.

  The Republicans are at a low ebb in their popularity. Americans have rejected them. And the Democrats think the path to victory is by being like them as much as possible. It's as if GM decided to make their own Edsel in 1960 as a marketing strategy.

  This is just surreal. Historians a hundred years from now are going to have to coin a new term to describe the Democrats' behavior over the last few years, and especially THIS year. I don't think any English-language words could currently fully distill the sheer cowardice and capitulation mentality that has afflicted the Democrats when all external indicators suggest that they should seize the moment.

  This is as if the British had surrendered to Napoleon at Waterloo. As if the Allies had decided to pack it in and go home after the Battle of the Bulge. We are at a unique moment in history, in which the world's greatest democracy is collapsing because...its leaders became afraid of actually practicing democracy.


"We judge ourselves by our ideals; others by their actions. It is a great convenience." -- Howard Zinn

Jesus. Are there bonus Bush Dog points (0.00 / 0)
available for caving before even being asked to do so?

I'm not sure I've ever seen the preemptive cave before, although he does it with an added degree of difficulty here by preemptively caving on all future funding bills as well as this one.


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