Friday, May 19, 2006

House Government Reform Committee Endorses D.C. Congressional Vote ...

Although perceived as a major step towards D.C. getting a House vote, the quotes cited in the attached article show a GOP majority encouraging false hope in an effort to win minimal Black support in 2006:

Davis expressed cautious optimism, saying, "This is momentum." But he acknowledged that there was no guarantee that the polarized Judiciary Committee would pass the bill. If it does, the measure could advance to the full House, then the Senate.

"We've got a lot of people working on this," Davis said. "We take one hurdle at a time."

Translated: "this is really an exercise in futility, but it looks great on the party resume."

The last minute maneuvering by Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN) showed what this was all about:

In announcing his turnabout, Dan Burton (R-Ind.) declared: "I'd like to say we should support this as a civil rights step."

Which happened after conferring with the heavily moderate Jack Kemp, who probably persuaded him with lines about the RNC desperately needing to expand the big tent. "Come on, Dan, you can't deny this is great outreach. We're on a roll here - don't spoil it. We might be able to get 30% of their vote, at least."

More from that article:

However, all four votes against his measure were from Republicans, including Candice S. Miller (Mich.) who said in a brief speech: "I think this is counter to the Constitution." The other no votes came from John M. McHugh (N.Y.), Patrick T. McHenry (N.C.) and Jean Schmidt (Ohio).

"Counter to the Constitution?" Huh? As if denying half-a-million people in the world's premier democracy, some of whom have fought and died in American wars, a vote in Congress isn't?