May 24, 2005
-- by Dave Johnson
The maverick Republican who denied President Bush's U.N. nominee a smooth sail through the GOP-led Senate asked colleagues Tuesday to vote against a "controversial and ineffective ambassador."Defying Bush, House votes to expand stem-cell research
Ignoring a White House veto threat, the House of Representatives voted Tuesday to allow federal research on stem cells taken from human embryos after an emotional debate over the meaning of life and the promise of science.But what it is ... (wait for it) ... is not exactly clear. Republicans defying the far right???????
[. . .] The 238-194 vote was a rare defeat for President Bush in the Republican-controlled House and may lead to the first veto of his presidency. Fifty Republicans voted for expanded stem-cell research, while 14 Democrats opposed the bill.
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Tracked on June 7, 2005 9:01 PM
The repug corporatists are getting a little edgy about their religious crazies wagging the dog. I'm sure they'll sort it out.
Posted by: richard at May 25, 2005 1:35 AM
What makes you a maverick Republican?
Supporting your country?
Voting your conscience?
Posted by: Ryan Maynard at May 25, 2005 9:09 AM
I heard some of Vonovich's passionate (and very long) speech against Bolton on C-SPAN today. It was really a very good speech, better than I've heard in a very long time. It was very well balanced, pointed out Bolton's experience and his other virtues, as well as the reasons for not appointing him, and blistered Bush and Rice for insisting on nominating him because he would damage our relationships with other countries when we need good diplomacy desperately. This guy has an IQ, honesty, and cares about his country. Too bad he's not a Democrat!
Posted by: MJ at May 25, 2005 2:40 PM
I read the subject line and the unquoted text, and the very next words that came to mind were, "there's a man with a gun over there, tellin' me I've got to beware."
Is anybody ever going to be able to do a good cover of that Buffalo Springfield tune?
Posted by: s9 at May 25, 2005 3:03 PM
They can do math as well as anyone, and they're realizing that this president's coattails actually drag them through the muck in the barnyard.
They were happy enough to suck up to him and the Republican Fundamentalist base he represents when it was election time and they needed him, but now, not so much.
There's no principle here.
Posted by: paperwight at May 25, 2005 3:57 PM
The toady administration is finally beginning to embarass the grown ups. Perhaps Voinovich got to see those NSA intercepts that they would not let the Dems see.
Posted by: emeldir at May 25, 2005 9:32 PM
Orrin Hatch even supports embryonic stem cell research!!! He participated in a news conference with the House co-sponsors - Castle & DeGette - and other senators, incl. Specter.
If Bush vetoes this, his "popularity" will sink even further. Of course, Frist must first put in on the calendar so it can pass. We won't hold our breath.
Posted by: Hannah at May 26, 2005 12:18 PM
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