Tuesday, July 29, 2008

That's no blue dog, that's my Congressman

When the democrats picked up seats in the House and Senate in 2006, I thought change was about to come. Not so.
Since the American people gave them control of Congress, the Democrats in
Congress have given the country the following: Unlimited and unconditional
funding for the Iraq war. Vast new warrantless eavesdropping powers and
retroactive amnesty for their telecom donors -- measures the administration
tried, but failed, to obatain from the GOP Congress. The ability to ignore
congressional subpoenas with utter impunity. A resolution formally decreeing
parts of the Iranian government to be a "terrorist organization."
Apart from the last one, which Hillary supported, Henry Cuellar voted in favor of the resolutions. No explanation on these key issues will be forthcoming since he has no challenger, is wildly popular in his hometown of Laredo, TX, and let's the local media in on exactly what he chooses to disclose.

All we know of Cuellar is that he presents big checks to local organizations. We don't know the Cuellar that votes to give those in power free passes. We're oblivious to the fact that he's at odds with the netroots. He calls himself a democrat and that's fine with us.

Now, you'll never catch me calling Henry Cuellar a closet Republican. I'm just saying he never met a free trade agreement he didn't like.
Unseating him is next to impossible. I don't see a republican having a chance against him, especially in south Texas. And any democrat that someday chooses to run against him will have to convince the locals to give up their meal ticket.

Webb County considers itself Democrat, and so does Henry Cuellar. So what if he runs with the blue dogs. Most around here probably don't know the difference.

1 comment:

  1. "Most around here probably don't know the difference."


    I wish I could take issue with your statement Quiroz. I really do.

    I want to respond in the negative, arguing that Laredo is more politically savvy than you give it credit for. Yet I cannot.

    I must concede that you are right, despite my trepidation to do so.

    As for Cuellar, perhaps your observations are correct in regards to his infallibility with South Texas voters.