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Congressional "progressives" -- MIA, or POW?

By Owen Paine on Friday February 17, 2006 11:34 AM

John Conyers' almost-impeachment bill now has 25 co-sponsors. Here's the list -- and note that they're not all so-called "progressives." The non-progs are in italics:
  • Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI)
  • Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
  • Rep Lois Capps (D-CA)
  • Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO)
  • Rep John Conyers (D-MI)
  • Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA)
  • Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
  • Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA)
  • Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX)
  • Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
  • Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
  • Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
  • Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA)
  • Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA)
  • Rep.Gwen Moore (D-WI)
  • Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
  • Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN)
  • Rep. Major Owens (D-NY)
  • Rep.Donald Payne (D-NJ)
  • Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)
  • Rep.Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
  • Rep. Fortney Pete Stark (D-CA)
  • Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)
  • Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
  • Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).
For homework, I compared this list of stalwarts to the Democrats' "progressive caucus" -- and found the following cardinals of the college of human enlightenment and liberation to be, erm, MIA:
  • Xavier Becerra
  • Madeleine Z. Bordallo
  • Corrine Brown
  • Sherrod Brown
  • Michael Capuano
  • Julia Carson
  • Donna Christensen
  • Emanuel Cleaver
  • Elijah Cummings
  • Danny Davis
  • Peter DeFazio
  • Rosa DeLauro
  • Lane Evans
  • Chaka Fattah
  • Bob Filner
  • Barney Frank
  • Raul Grijalva
  • Luis Gutierrez
  • Jesse Jackson, Jr.
  • Stephanie Tubbs Jones
  • Marcy Kaptur
  • Carolyn Kilpatrick
  • Dennis Kucinich
  • Tom Lantos
  • James McGovern
  • Ed Markey
  • George Miller
  • Eleanor Holmes-Norton
  • John Olver
  • Ed Pastor
  • Bobby Rush
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Jose Serrano
  • Louise Slaughter
  • Hilda Solis
  • Bennie Thompson
  • John Tierney
  • Tom Udall
  • Diane Watson
  • Mel Watt
  • Henry Waxman
Notice, if you will, the Massachusetts Progs are all MIA -- Frank, and the M-n-M twins, Markey and McGovern. I'm glad to see Bernie Sanders on this list, and wouldn't want him off it, that sea-slug carpetbagger -- what use has he ever been to anything progressive except to betray it? (Maybe I've overlooked something -- if so, tell me.)

And Dennis Kucinich! Through the mystic gematria of alphabetic order, his name falls right next to that arch-vampire from the AIPAC crypt, the burning shame of the Bay Area, Tommy Lantos. Lantos is a "progressive"? Boy, if that doesn't blow the tent right off the whole tired, shabby carnival.

I could go on -- Sherrod Brown, for example, anointed by Schumer et al. as the Ohio Senate candidate over the bullet-riddled body of Kosnik heartthrob Paul Hackett. But enough for one day.

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