House GOP Bends Rules, Yields Floor Time and Allows Coulter To Cast
Conservative Doyenne Says Dems, Liberals “Enjoying Soldiers Deaths”; Ties Pelosi To 911 Widows
The GOP Leadership in the House of Representatives, behind closed doors, bent rules that allowed the controversial rightwing pundit
Coulter’s unprecedented appearance in Congress came after she conducted an interview, in which she called for the “fragging” of Congressman John Murtha (D-PA), the leading Congressional critic of President Bush’s Iraq War strategy.
According to Coulter, Murtha is "The reason soldiers invented 'fragging.'"
Fragging came out of the
Partisan Firefight Rules The Day
The move to have Coulter speak on the House Floor came late last evening, near the end of the over 11-hour debate, drawn straight down party lines.
Republicans offered the resolution backing the President, declaring in one segment that “the
House Democrats feverishly stated that the move on the debate and resolution were a “political stunt”, designed to paint the Democrats who vote against it as soft on terror, with a strategy of “cut and run”. Democrats point to how the Republicans manipulated House rules so that no amendments could be added to the resolution, which is non-binding and no laws will come out of it.
House Minority Leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), charged that “Stay the course is not a strategy, it's a slogan," and called the war "a grotesque mistake."
House Republicans repeatedly defended the war, and President Bush, continually charging that the Democrats only wanted to “cut and run”.
House Majority Leader, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) dismissed the Democrats and their charge that
"Will we fight or will we retreat? That is the question that is posed to us," said Boehner. "Those who say that this is a war of choice are nothing more than wrong. This is a war of necessity that we must fight."
Coulter Slams Pelosi, Calls Dems Losers
Late in the evening, after over 11-hours of bitter partisan charges back and forth, and after CSPAN ended broadcasting, House Republican Leaders Boehner, and Speaker Dennis Hastert escorted Ms. Coulter to the House Floor, with only a handful of other Republicans still in the chamber.
Ms. Coulter, taking the microphone charged that “the only thing Nancy Pelosi should say is grotesque is her make-up.”
“Who’s she trying to compete with – those harpies up there in
Coulter then brought those in attendance to their feet, cheering wildly.
“You know, watching this today, I have to say, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a group of liberal politicians – Democrats, no less – that enjoy the soldiers deaths as much as they do ... These losers are millionaires and lionized on TV and articles about them ... They’re reveling in all of this ... They bring up some number of dead soldiers and we’re all supposed to not criticize them ... We’re supposed to blindly follow them and fight a war on terror the way they want to do it – which is really not to fight one at all ... Ignore it the way their great big penis leader Bill Clinton did.”
Before today’s vote, which passed 256 to 153, with five lawmakers voting "present" and 19 others not participating, Democrats assailed the Republican Leadership for bringing in Coulter.
Bush Is Said To Seek Adding Signing Statement
“They say we cut-and-run and then pull a stunt like that,” vented Pelosi. “We could have brought in
Pelosi indicated she will file a resolution, to nullify the vote on the resolution, adding that she will offer a separate amendment to “ban the vile beanpole [Coulter] from the House.”
There were rumors flying around Capital Hill late this morning that President Bush wanted the GOP Leadership to send the resolution over to the White House, so the President could add a Signing Statement to it, making it binding and indicating his intent to follow it “to the letter of the law.”Conservative Doyenne