Rep. Anthony Weiner is, sadly, not my Congressperson, he's based in a neighboring district in Brooklyn (corrected: NY-09 encompasses part of Queens, too.). But after seeing him in action on the House floor last night, I felt it necessary to send him some love this morning.
The context of his righteous anger was shameful Republican stalling on a bill to aid 9/11 emergency workers. It used to be that anything 9/11 was a Republican sacred cow, but not anymore. These days, if a Democrat proposes it, the Republican answer is "no", no matter what.
UPDATE: I did not anticipate this level of traffic in such a diary, and much as I hate "drive-by" diaries, I must run errands and tend to a modicum of work today. I will return in an hour or so to engage more.
Now...Call your Congresscritters, and say "please, be like Anthony!"
UPDATE 2: Jacques has reminded me to post a link to Weiner's ActBlue page. When our Fighting Dems stand up for us like this, and we donate to them immediately, other Dems sit up and take notice. "Maybe we can get a doggie treat, too?" they think. This is how we reward and encourage good behavior. Please, if you can, show Weiner some financial love as well!
UPDATE 3: I'm back. Jacques pointed out in comments (not sure how to link directly to that comment so posting text here):
Rep. Weiner says something that provokes an immediate, positive reaction, he gets an immediate financial reward. Yes, he's in no danger, but someone in the campaign office notices, and lets staff know. After a bit, if we're consistent, I have hopes for a Pavlovian response; act/vote like a progressive and get a cookie.
Taking up on a suggestion from evensong, I called my Senator and left the following with an aide: "Congressman Weiner is sending you a message. Are you getting it?"
Please take our fellow Kossacks suggestions to heart. Weiner's office has apparently been overwhelmed by the calls of support, and that won't go unnoticed in Washington, particularly if he also gets campaign donations, and if power centers in the Senate get similar calls.
Text for those who cannot view videos online:
Great courage to wait until all members have already spoken and then stand up and wrap your arms around procedure. We see it in the United States Senate every single day where members say "We want amendments. We want debate. We want amendments but we're still a no." Then we stand up and say "Oh, if only we had a different process, we'd vote yes."
You vote yes if you believe yes. You vote in favor of something if you believe it's the right thing. If you believe it's the wrong thing, you vote no. We are following a procedure [interrupted by Republican heckling and requests to yield] -- I will not yield to the gentleman and the gentleman will observe regular order! THE GENTLEMAN WILL OBSERVE REGULAR ORDER!
Gets up and yells to intimidate people into believing he's right. He is wrong! The gentleman is wrong! The gentleman is providing cover for his colleagues rather than doing the right thing. It's Republicans wrapping their arms around Republicans rather than doing the right thing on behalf of the heroes. It is a shame, a shame!
If you believe this is a bad idea to provided health care, then vote no. But don't give me the cowardly view that "Oh, if it was a different procedure." [Interrupted again.] The gentleman will observe regular order and sit down. I will not. The gentleman will sit. The gentleman is correct in sitting. I will not. I will not stand here and listen to my colleagues say "If only I had a different procedure that allows us to stall, stall, stall and then vote no."
Instead of standing up and defending your colleagues in voting no on this humane bill, you should urge them to vote yes — something the gentleman HAS. NOT. DONE.
Weiner's approach is the one Democrats must take to counter Republican gall. You call them out. You state directly what they are doing. You call them cowards and every other filthy name in the book.
Senator Tom Harkin has said politicians should never "defend" themselves, that doing so makes you look, well, defensive. Attack! Attack! Attack!
I called Rep. Weiner's office a few minutes ago and said "I'm not a constituent, but I just want to say thank you. I wish he could get more Democrats to say things like that." Please do the same. Our Fighting Democrats need to know that we support them and appreciate when they do the right thing.
Rep. Anthony Weiner's DC Office: