Cheers to Rep. Anthony Weiner (go, Forest Hills!), for standing up and calling ‘bullshit’ on IRA-loving Peter King, and the rest of the GOP, for their cynically voting against a bill to provide aid for 9/11 responders.
The GOP wanted to be able to attach amendments such as prohibiting aid to illegal aliens who were responders. I have no idea if there are any such people, and neither do they. The idea was to force the Dems into making a bunch of votes that could then be used against them in campaigns. The Dems sought a straight ‘up-or-down’ vote, but that requires a super-majority; with the GOP voting '‘nay’ en bloc, the measure couldn’t pass. (King voted ‘aye’, to provide cover for his colleagues, knowing the bill would be defeated).
It was truly despicable, and Weiner said so. As David Kurtz said, he’s my kind of Democrat.
It reminded me of this great scene, from one of my very favorite movies, The Insider. Sometimes, a little genuine outrage, and some vocal amplitude, are as effective as any high-falutin’ words..