Give Them a Damn Ticker Tape Parade Already

“Who will be the last senator to not want to end a mistake? Me.” – John Kerry

That’s the way MightyOCD interpreted John Kerry’s vote–along with 66 of his colleagues–not to repeal the Iraq war that is ending whether they like it or not next month.

The vote was on a Rand Paul amendment to repeal the 2002 Iraq War AUMF.

Along with Paul, DeMint, Heller, and Snowe, a bunch of liberals and Blue Dogs like Bad Nelson and Manchin voted to end the Iraq mistake.

Yet liberals like Levin, Stabenow, Reed, and Whitehouse voted to continue the war that is ending.

By my count, something like 25 men and women who weren’t around to vote for the AUMF when it first passed in 2002 voted in favor of continuing this infernal war–and that’s not counting people like Levin and Stabenow who voted against it the first time.

So we’re going to have all these AUMFs lying around on the books. authorizing secret powers we’re not allowed to know, rather than simply and cleanly declaring a war over. Done.

In the good old days, you’d declare victory and give the men and women who served a big parade. How I’d love a parade about now.

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7 Responses to Give Them a Damn Ticker Tape Parade Already

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bmaz @I8uridea4brekki @billmon1 Probably not that much normally, except given circumstances now, Obama may pick a very moderate nominee.
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bmaz @billmon1 Problem is, the recess window is right now, and optics of doing it so fast would be bad. The Noel Canning decision kind of hurts.
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bmaz @chrisgeidner A nom from the 9th? Yeah, not biting on that.
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emptywheel @JohnPlatner Note Trump's protectionist message should work great in MI, too, which is not only open but w/strong tradition of cross-over
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bmaz @rwzh_ @nytimes Hey, I saw her here not that long ago. But current is all Harvard/Yale.
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emptywheel @JohnPlatner No need to delete. I think NV is closed, but permits same day reg, as well, btw.
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emptywheel @MikeDrewWhat One possibility is that she believed she WOULDN'T be replaced w/almost self by Obama. Soto's great, but Kagan =/= RBG.
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emptywheel @imraansiddiqi It's cause he used a real gun rather than a fake FBI bomb.
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bmaz @emptywheel @yeselson @tomwatson A chance, decent, dunno yet. But third factor is Obama would likely kill to have a third Justice in legacy.
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bmaz @emptywheel @yeselson @tomwatson Eegads, Skeletor Chertoff is on mah TeeVee!
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emptywheel @yeselson Nominee has a decent chance to get lame duck confirmed. @tomwatson @bmaz
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bmaz @yeselson @tomwatson But if they don't will get someone far less moderate and acceptable in their eyes. But, yeah, don't disagree.
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