November 14, 2006

The "New Spirit"

Bipartisanship for thee, but not for me:

A House Republican and Democrat, in the new spirit of bipartisanship, are urging President Bush to name defeated Republican Rep. Jim Leach to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

As one of my old bosses once told me, you can't call someone ugly all week and then ask them to the dance on Saturday night. If the Republicans fall for this "new spirit of bipartisanship" because they are now in the minority, my disgust with them will become complete. I'll also note that Big Media had little interest in the "old spirit of bipartisanship" when their friends where in the minority.

I'm not terribly familiar with former Representative Leach, but this description does not warm the cockles of my heart as he sounds like the Democrats' favorite kind of Republican, i.e., a moderate, a non-fighter, an opponent of the liberation of Iraq, and a loser:

"He is the most diplomatic politician I have ever met," Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., said of Leach, a moderate from Iowa known for his professorial sweaters, his low-key, nonpolitical approach to issues and his opposition to the war in Iraq. [snip...]

But Leach may not be helped by his record of being near the top of those Republicans who vote most often with Democrats. In 2002 he was one of six House Republicans to vote against the resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq, and he was among the first Republicans to call for a military withdrawal from Iraq.

Yep, he'd be perfect for the UN.

Posted by Charles Austin at November 14, 2006 06:13 PM