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Old 06-16-2004, 05:49 PM   #16
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I think that it is normal practice for politicians to campaign for another office or for re-election while serving. Who is to say how many things are put aside on Bush's agenda because he is campaigning? This practice can only deter a candidate from doing their best at their current position. That is not a good thing, but I also don't think that they should resign while attempting to get another position. We don't quit our jobs while job searching, do we? Should the President stop being President while he campaigns to be President again?

I would be interested to hear details of a situation where Kerry didn't vote and it made all of the difference.
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I would be interested to hear details of a situation where Kerry didn't vote and it made all of the difference.
It would be interested to hear the details of what so important to Kerry (or any other Senator) that they missed voting.
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Old 06-16-2004, 08:51 PM   #18
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He missed over 80% of his votes. If you missed 80% of your responisibilities at your job whiel trying to get another one....would you have a job?

Just curious.

And it is partisan a bit, and I have heard this argument used against republicans, and guess what, I agreed with the argument then too, so does that make me partisan?
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That would get me fired.
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Old 06-16-2004, 09:14 PM   #20
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I do think voting is important.

But somestimes you wouldn't believe the crap they vote on. Such as a resolution to honor joe blow from S Dakota that did so & so. These are counted as real votes though they are really meaningless except for the record.

edited cause 1 glass of wine plus hot bath kills typing skills.
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Old 06-16-2004, 09:25 PM   #21
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In 1996, Republican Bob Dole gave up his seat as Kansas senator in early June before formally receiving the GOP nod to run against President Clinton.

When Dole quit the Senate, the state's Republican governor, Bill Graves, appointed Republican Lt. Gov. Sheila Frahm to fill the remainder of the term until a special election, also won by the GOP.





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"It's not fair, it's not right and the public is not being well-served," said Healey, who said she was speaking on behalf of Republican Gov. Mitt Romney

Republican Healy would love Republican Romney to appoint him to the Senate.



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In an interview with CNN, Dole said Tuesday that Kerry should follow his example and resign his seat.


In 1976 Dole was nominated and ran on the GOP ticket WHILE serving in the Senate.



Again this is partisan bullshit.


I challange anyone to post a missed roll call vote by Kerry where his vote would have affected the outcome.
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Old 06-16-2004, 09:54 PM   #22
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Healy is a woman....by the way. Kerry Healy.
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Kerry is a woman.

W is a man.

Deep is shallow.
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Old 06-17-2004, 07:11 AM   #24
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He missed over 80% of his votes. If you missed 80% of your responisibilities at your job whiel trying to get another one....would you have a job?

Just curious.
My job doesn't require me to be in Washington DC 24/7. I could shuffle my duties around. Perhaps a leave of absence should be allowed to campaigning senators (not loss of seat) or the ability to cast your vote from anywhere. I checked his schedule and most of the votes were missed during the primaries when he was traveling from state to state. He also had shoulder surgery.
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Frome the Boston Herald..

Kerry vs. Kerry, how sitcom began
By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
Thursday, June 17, 2004

Don't say we told you so, but Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey's call for White House-wannabe John Kerry to evacuate the Senate isn't the first time the two had a dust-up over a seat!

Now we know it's painful, but let's rewind back to the rained-out Game 4 of the Red Sox-Yankees American League Championship Series at Fenway Park. Before the game was called, Healey and the Man Who Would Be President were both enjoying VIP treatment, courtesy of the hometown team.

However, when Kerry took his primo position in the stands, he was rather annoyed to find his seat resembled a swimming pool. Imagine!

``He was complaining that the seat was very wet and Kerry (Healey) told him that someone would be by to wipe it up for him,'' said our box-seat spy.

Whereupon the Commander-in-Chief-wannabe, obviously confusing the gal from Beverly Farms with his Louisburg Square charlady, asked Mitt Romney's No. 2: ``Would you like to do that for me?''

Healey politely declined. But Republicans, you know, have memories like elephants . . .

Kerry's spokesguy Michael Meehan says he believes the senator was making a funny at Fenway and that the GOP should just lighten up.
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And hey, maybe Romney has to give up some hair products as a result of giving up that salary
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And if course you'll not cast your vote when others do anything to prevent you from voting. From the Boston Globe:
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/...oar_in_senate/

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Rare Kerry appearance causes uproar in Senate
Arriving for vote, he dismisses GOP calls to resign

By Patrick Healy, Globe Staff | June 23, 2004

WASHINGTON -- Under fresh attack by Republicans to resign his Senate seat after missing months of votes, John F. Kerry returned to the Senate chambers yesterday to be in position to vote on a bill providing improved health care for veterans -- a move that triggered a partisan battle among his colleagues.

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But it was the unusual spectacle of a fight over veterans' benefits that dominated Kerry's day and injected a burst of campaign politics into routine Senate business over a Pentagon budget bill. Kerry waited seven hours on the Hill yesterday in hopes of voting on a proposal to increase health care spending for veterans by 30 percent, but Republicans used procedural tactics to delay any vote until at least after Kerry had left for a campaign trip to San Francisco last night.
Gee, waiting for seven hours. Don't those other senators have anything useful to do in that time. I mean, it's almost a full working day!

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Ah...the GOP. Defenders of democracy!

Fuck 'em.

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That's shitty.
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That's not cool. I don't care who it is, they shouldn't have to waste seven hours of their time.
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