December 7, 2005


House Dems now regret their ‘yes’ votes on Iraq (Josephine Hearn and Jackie Kucinich, 12/07/05, The Hill)

In a Nov. 17 letter to Bush, Rep. Harold Ford (D-Tenn.) took responsibility for his original support of the war.

“You made the point that because the Congress and the Senate voted to authorize the use of force, we too are culpable,” he wrote. “I accept my responsibility.”

But Ford contended in the letter that many members made the decision to vote for the resolution based on faulty evidence.

“And now that no weapons of mass destruction were found you curiously maintain that your reasons for war were justified,” he wrote. “That is dishonest and wrong.”

Well, maybe he doesn't quite accept responsibility for his own vote:
Addressing the annual awards banquet of the University of Memphis Law School Alumni, Ford expressed his initial support of the war effort this way: “I support this war in Iraq. I supported it from the very beginning for one reason. Saddam Hussein was a bad guy.

It's a shame to see even good Democrats sell their souls to the anti-American Left.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 7, 2005 12:51 PM

Hard to see how this helps Ford in the 2006 Senate race, though it would make sense if he was looking to battle Obama for the party's 2008 VP nomination.

Posted by: John at December 7, 2005 1:13 PM

What are those people going to say when Saddam swings? If it's anything other than "Mission Accomplished," it's going to come back and bite them>

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 7, 2005 1:20 PM

I was thinking yesterday while I was hauling wood how John Kerry had justified his vote for the war because he was "misled" by the president. It struck me that was a pretty dumb thing for an opposition candidate to say. It was like saying "Vote for me! I'm a sucker!" Especially since the opposition had gone to such lengths to portray the president as a moron, now they're saying that the Stupidest Person on the Face of the Earth suckered them into a two-bit con job.

Posted by: Bryan at December 7, 2005 1:25 PM

Saying he'd been "brainwashed" on some aspect of Viet Nam was enough to bring George Romney's Presidential campaign down in flames back in '68. (Gov of Mich., father of Mitt) Today saying it would be a point of pride, given as a sufficient reason to vote for the the person duped.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 7, 2005 1:37 PM

Well said, Bryan. As it stuck to Kerry in '04, it will stick to every dem that runs in '08, if Iraq is still an issue then. If they voted for the war but are not fully for it now, the only way to justify their vote is to admit being duped, voting according to polls, caught up in the emotion of current events, or some other very un-leader-like lack of good judgement.

This is the only quagmire that has anything to do with Iraq, and most all the dems walked right into it eyes wide shut.

Posted by: flanman at December 7, 2005 1:59 PM

The author of this story is the daughter of nutball Congressman Dennis Kucinich. I'm sure she is totally objective about this story.

Posted by: pchuck at December 7, 2005 2:01 PM

Kucinich managed to reproduce?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at December 7, 2005 2:30 PM

Probably through the aid of a turkey baster.

Posted by: ratbert at December 7, 2005 2:53 PM

Agree with John. How will this help Ford in Tennessee? Obama is more and more just a standard issue U. of C, Dick Durbin liberal. Ford is making a mistake.

Posted by: jdkelly at December 7, 2005 7:24 PM

Why is anyone surprised that Democrats would sell their souls. It's their organizing principle.

Posted by: Brooks at December 7, 2005 9:35 PM

Ford must need Pelosi's money, and he is trying to get back in her good graces. Not the way to go in TN. He is already in trouble with corruption all around him; his best choice would have been to morph into Lieberman and throw down the gauntlet to the hard left. But now, he is nothing more than another Kerry, as noted.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 7, 2005 10:30 PM

Brooks - We must be modern. As the joke in Hollywood goes, "Don't sell your soul, just option it."

Posted by: Tom at December 10, 2005 10:03 AM