Keith Olbermann on the Democratic “Compromise”
Keith Olbermann tells it like it is here. See the video or read the transcript. He gives the Democratic leadership, Bush, and the Democratic candidates for president hell about continuing the funding of the Iraq war. He rightly calls on the Democratic candidates who are serving senators (or Representatives in the case of Kucinich) to vote against this, to publicly denounce it, and to work to unseat Pelosi and Reid if they continue down this path. Today, I called Sens. Obama (D-IL), Clinton (D-NY), Biden (D-NJ), Dodd (D-CT), & Rep. Kucinich (D-OH) and urged that. I know Kucinich will do the right thing. I know that Edwards, no longer in the senate, and Richardson, as Gov. of New Mexico, cannot take direct action. I called them and urged denouncement of this deal. We need to hold these candidates accountable–along with the Congress.
Every member of the House of Reps. has to run in ’08. We can mount primary challenges to each one of them who votes for this continued war funding. Given the nature of incumbency in U.S. politics, we won’t win each of those challenges–maybe not even the majority of them. But every warmonger we throw out for a true progressive and true peacemaker will be a victory. It’s time for every political party to know the power of the peace movement–and know that ignoring us may lead to early retirement.
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