December 07, 2007

And Matthew Shepard dies again...

According to the AP, the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act which was part of the Iraq War Funding bill, has been cut off and left to die.

Who could have done this, you ask? The Talipublicans? Not so much, as it turns out. They weren't going to vote for it anyway, which would have given us a beautiful attack line against them next fall. Apparently, anti-war D's who won't vote for any war funding bill, even if something that could help protect millions of Americans is attached, killed it by refusing to vote for it.

So, the hate crimes legislation was stripped off and now the war funding bill will be passed with full Republican and some Democratic support.

It's hard for me to come down too hard on these folks. Personally, I never liked the fact that this legislation was attached to war funding. Still, the pragmatic part of me realizes this is not a victory. To the Democrats and line- crossing Republicans who voted for it, you have my thanks. To those Democrats who chose to take a stand on principle, I respect you. I may not agree with your decision, but I can respect your reasons for it. Doesn't change the fact that I'm pissed you threw gays and lesbians under the bus to make your point.

And thank you, Speaker Pelosi, for trying to make this happen and for not giving up on this bill.

Posted by mcblogger at December 7, 2007 09:19 AM

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