18 December 2009

Nothing Like Good Old-Fashioned Hypocrisy

Washington Post:

Senate Republicans failed early Friday in their bid to filibuster a massive Pentagon bill that funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, an unusual move designed to delay President Obama's health-care legislation.

On a 63 to 33 vote, Democrats cleared a key hurdle that should allow them to approve the must-pass military spending bill Saturday and return to the health-care debate. After years of criticizing Democrats for not supporting the troops, just three Republicans supported the military funding...

If the filibuster on the $626 billion defense bill had succeeded, Democrats would have had to scramble to find a way to fund the military operations, because a stopgap funding measure for the Pentagon will expire at midnight Friday. Such an effort to come up with another stopgap defense bill might have disrupted the very tight timeline on health care.

Looks it's perfectly fine to oppose funding the wars on principled grounds. See the section of the article on Russ Feingold for a good example of how this should be done. It's also perfectly fine to oppose the bill due to earmarks, which John McCain is quoted about in the article.

However, it's not fine to oppose the funding because you just want to delay the health care bill. And excuse us if we don't consider your opposition to the bill rooted in good faith when you just spent the last several years screaming about how anyone who voted against a war funding bill was a) with the terrorists and b) against the troops.

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