Michelle Malkin is naming names. . . .

. . . . and by visiting her blog, you can figure out which Republicans need to be knocked out in the upcoming primaries.  Oh, you don’t know what I’m talking about?  I’m talking about the House passing Cap-and-trade by a vote of 219-212.  Passage was made possible by 8 Republicans who voted for the super tax on the American consumer.  By contrast, 44 Dems voted against it.  Apparently Blue Dog Dems are better than candy-assed, spineless (probably bought) Repubs.

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  1. Mike Devx says

    I wouldn’t read too much into the fact that 44 Dems voted against it.

    The way this part of it works: First they make sure they have enough committed votes to win. Then they allow a few of their most vulnerable – on that issue – to cast no votes, so they’re not hurt in their district. The number that get to vote no depends on how close the vote is going to be.

    I’d like to see the pattern of voting. Did the idiot Republicans that voted Yes vote Yes early? Or did they vote late, after they could see it was already assured of passage? Most of those were NY/NJ, which probably means they’re urban and vulnerable RINOs, not upstate NY or downstate NJ (somewhat more authentic Repubs).

    But it passed. Sheesh. Hard to believe. As we descend into the Great American Darkness, dying with a whimper, not a bang, we pass another important benchmark on the Great Decline.

  2. Charles Martel says

    I’m nearing old age, so I’ve accepted that there will be an inevitable decline to my powers. That acceptance allows me to jettison old passions and to put many things into a different, wiser perspective.

    But I never, never expected that my slow withdrawal from vitality would be accompanied by the sucking of the life blood of my beloved United States by the legions of moronic, envy-ridden, second-rate minds that have descended upon her.

    I cannot adequately express the disdain and contempt in which I hold the despicable people who now hold this country in their palms, and who are ready to deliver her—gleefully—to humiliation, decay and defeat.

    At the end of Robert Heinlein’s novel, “The Puppet Masters,” which was about alien parasites that attempt to take over humanity, the narrator relates how he is standing in line to board a great spaceship that will take him and tens of thousands of troops to the home planet of the invaders to inflict earth’s vengeance upon them. His words as he mounts the ramp into the ship, the very last in the narrative, are “Death and destruction!”

    At times like this I can’t help but utter the same sentiment. I so very much want to see the second raters consigned to the dust heap of history.

  3. Danny Lemieux says

    My Representative, Mark Kirk, was one of the turncoats. By 6:30 PM EST, I was on the phone mobilizing people to call his office. We were being told by his office that he had not yet decided. Kirk plans to run for the IL Senate in a heavily Liberal/Left State…one, paradoxically, that also has a significant coal and gas industry (downstate, however, where the votes don’t count as they are Chicago’s political shadow). My guess is that he voted this way because he thought that it would ingratiate him with all the Lefties in Illinois (who’s he kidding?).

    Unfortunately, I think this bill may well put down the final screws on my business as we’ve struggled to pull out of the recession, which I now believe will become a depression. I will need to go and do something else, now…preferably not in Illinois.

  4. Zhombre says

    Danny, you’re right, if Kirk thinks that he’s a complete fool and a tool — no way any Republican can ingratiate himself with those people; he could perform political seppaku and he’d still be just another downstate knuckle-dragging rethuglian to them.

  5. Al says

    Danny,
    I share your dismay. My “Republican” Congressman, LoBiondo, also voter for the Crap and Traitor Bill. (good phrase, Sadie). I should not have been surprised. He also voted for McCain-Feingold. There is a very good Republican County Executive here who might want the job.
    Here’s hoping. All of the turncoats need to be replaced.
    Al

  6. Mike Devx says

    I went to a town hall meeting to see my U.S. Representative, Michael Burgess, in person for the first time. His votes are usually conservative, but his district is quite conservative so that’s no surprise…

    After the first hour, I slipped out, disappointed. Despite the solid conservative voting record, I thought the *depth* of his commitment to conservative principles to be shallow. He preferred to speak of insider politics and the insider gamesmanship that goes on on the Hill, where I was hoping instead to hear him sprinkle his responses to questions with quotations or phrases that indicate conservative depth and knowledge of the underpinnings of conservatism. He was a nice enough fellow, but several times he brought up the fact that “there are good people on both sides of the issue”. Several times he mentioned that Obama had won a mandate for the kinds of changes we’re seeing. He mentioned that Republicans have to come up with “compelling alternatives” to Democrat proposals. I will grant him this: to the extent he discussed specifics of such alternatives, they were conservative in nature. But if they hadn’t been, the angry crowd would probably have rushed the podium.

    Worst of all for me: He showed no passion. He was passionate only once, on the subject of smoking, where he declared, yes with passion, that if it were up to him, every manufactured cigarette would be mandated by law to have 0% nicotine in it, thus ensuring that no one, especially no child, would smoke. (He was a doctor and Ob-Gyn for twenty years before seeking the House seat). He showed no passion about the Leftist, Statist onslaught of legislation, about the declining standards of our culture and our civilization… nothing. He seemed more bemused than anything about how Maxine Waters, Henry Waxman, Pelosi and others were finally “getting their turn” after having waited so long, and been thwarted by the Gingrich revolution in the 90s, of enacting their preferred legislation. He was troubled by the results, but not brimming with anything that might be called outrage. “I fear for our future” he said, but he said it very mildly.

    He did start up his own Caucus informal subcommittee on Health Care after the actual subcommittee he was on kept freezing them out of discussions in the real Health Care (and Democrat controlled) subcommittee. That shows a measure of initiative, but for me it simply wasn’t enough.

    And he is one of the most reliably conservative votes on the Hill. But there’s no leadership or passion in confronting the Statist and Leftist onslaught. He admits that among the leadership in the House Republicans, there is far less such passion and outrage and commitment than even he has.

    So: Their instincts may be good, but among our US Representatives, there’s no solid core of deep-seated conservative philosophical understanding. There’s no outrage, no passion, to get this ship righted. They prefer to discuss and play the insider games, fascinated by them. They will in fact, it seems to me, give us Democrat-lite in their solutions, should the current crew of Republicans reassume power. There will not be a conservative revolution when the People repudiate Obama and return at least one branch of Congress to the People.

    The current US Republican House has to be replaced. By new, fresh blood that has a deeper understanding of conservative principles, and an intense desire to SPEAK of those principles as critical for our direction, and a deep passion for putting America back on a proper course. I fear there are far too few individuals up there who could do that right now.

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