John Warner: "But I am in the reconsidering posture."

by: Matt Stoller

Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 21:36

Here's John Warner on the Webb amendment. an interview Tuesday, the senator said he is "reconsidering his position" in light of the administration's willingness to move closer to him on expediting some reduction in U.S. troop levels this year in Iraq. "It took a lot of convincing to make the first units come home before Christmas," Mr. Warner said. "There is a lot of importance in that."


But the 13th MEU, a support unit that has been in Iraq on its current tour for about three months, was already scheduled to return home from Iraq on Nov. 17. Their new date of arrival under the drawdown plan? Still Nov. 17.

I think Warner might just be stupid.  What the hell does this even mean?

"I certainly support the concept he brings," Warner said of Webb's proposal. "But I am in the reconsidering posture."

Is that a yoga move?

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Very revealing (0.00 / 0)
  Quite often, a legislator takes a bad position on a bill due to political considerations. The lawmaker knows his stance is the wrong one and knows that it hurts people and hurts the country, but he chooses instead to heed the call of his powerful campaign contributors and rationalizes his action by convincing himself that taking such a wrongheaded position is essential to his fundraising and his re-election prospects.

  But when a lawmaker makes the decision to retire and no longer stand for re-election, such political concerns become moot, and the lawmaker is at long last freed to vote his conscience and vote in the best interests of his constituents with no fear of backlash from the heavies.

  So when John Warner decides, at this point in his career, that he wants to screw the troops, one has no choice but to attribute his position to nothing more that sheer personal vileness on his part. Warner REALLY DOES hate the troops and harbors contempt for them.

  Broken government, indeed.

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

Well.... (0.00 / 0) to his feelings and concern for the troops he is, when all is said and done, a Republican and they have no more concern for anyone who doesn't stuff their pockets with cash or supply them with little boys than a boa constrictor has for the rat ya feed him every month.

Less probably.

Peace, Health and Prosperity for Everyone.

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Tell ya Matt.... (0.00 / 0)
I have no idea what this man means.

I do have a question since I think you've probably gotten to see these 'Congressfolk' up close, at least closer than me, and I'm wondering.

Are they all as tired old fools as they look in the pictures I see on the InnnerTubes. Honestly, we have folks in their late 70s 'running this country?

Now don't get me wrong here. My dad was pretty sharp well into his 80s before he passed but...

Run the country?

Fuckin' A, no fukin' way!

Jes sayin'.

Peace, Health and Prosperity for Everyone.

I always wondered... (0.00 / 0) these guys keep up with the schedules they have.

Do they have nap rooms in the Senate?

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I don't think so... (0.00 / 0)
...I believe that if they get  a lil' tired they just put their heads down at their desks in the Senate chamber. The Sergeant-at-Arms has some little pillows for 'em. The only real problem is they tend to drool a little....

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I believe (0.00 / 0)
it's called the flying asshole posture. It comes from a small, but well financed religion, known generally as GoOPerism.

Does anyone know Gens Batiste and Abizaid's position on the Webb Amendment (0.00 / 0)
I know Gen Batiste has been working with VoteVets and Abizaid is alleged to have talked to Murtha about troop rotations.

Both are former commanders of the Big Red One stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. That district switched from Jim Ryun to Nancy Boyda in '06.

Any idea if the retired commanders would be useful in lobbying Sens Roberts {nay on cloture} and Brownback {not voting on cloture}? The two may be a long shot, but getting the Kansas Republican party on the record as opposing the recommendations of a former commander of the Big Red One could prove useful down the road.

No, it's not yoga (4.00 / 1)
A "reconsidering posture" is what follows a "wide stance" after you find out a cop is in the next stall.

No. Warner is not stupid. Find another reason. (0.00 / 0)

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