Friday, June 18, 2004


The Senate votes to deploy the untested missile defense system, at a price tag of $9 billion for this year alone...I also would have accepted "disgusting":

The Senate rejected today, 57-42, an amendment, introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), to the 2005 Defense Authorization bill that would have allowed deployment of the President's proposed missile defense system only after the mission related capabilities have been confirmed by realistic operational testing. Republican Olympia Snowe (ME) joined Democrats in voting for the amendment. Democrats Bayh (IN), Clinton (NY), Landreiu (LA), Lieberman (CT), Miller (GA), Nelson (FL), Nelson (NE). Not voting was John Kerry (D-MA).

Hillary Clinton's votes in the Senate are a source of never-ending amazement to me. You'd expect chuckleheads like Miller and Holy Joe Lieberman to suck down this right-wing swill, but for the supposed Great Liberal Hope to do so is just disgusting. This follows her support for a variant of the Bush administration's draconian revision of welfare reform (2002) and of course her non-stop cheerleading for the war in Iraq. To paraphrase a friend of mine, why does the Hillary I would actually like only exist in the nightmares of the right-wingers?

The Phillies damn well better win tonight, to make up both for this and the pain they put me through Thursday night... technically, Friday AM.

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