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Friday, August 31, 2007

Two Class Acts

Leahy_2Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont's comments on today's announcement by Republican Sen. John Warner, 80, of Virginia, that he will not seek reelection in 2008: 

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“John Warner is one of my best friends.

"The Senate will be diminished by his leaving, and his steady, solid leadership has served the Senate, the nation and Virginia well.

“Senator Warner understands and values the Senate’s special role in our system. 

"At its best, the Senate has acted as the conscience of the nation.  Too few like Senator Warner are left in the Senate who understand that Senators must put country ahead of politics.”


Two guys who believe the country and the Constitution come before any administration, eh?

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vermonter

Warner may have decided to resign from the Senate, and that's good, but let's not forget that he's one of the most conservative people in that august body. Until he decided to call for troop withdrawal recently, and now to resign from the Senate, Freyne would NEVER have referred to him as "a class act." It's hypocritical to sing his praises now because, after a career of reactionary conservatism, he does one thing, calling for exiting Iraq, that makes a modicum of sense. I guess we can appreciate that he apparently never got caught up in any scandals, but He's STILL a reactionary, and I'm glad he will be gone. The question is, who will the people of Virginia replace him with?

Brattlerouser

Warner a devout constitutionalist? He was a staunch suporter of removing Bill Clinton from office back in '99 for getting a ... you know what. Although I appreciate his support for the troops and getting them home now, I also agree he' wasn't much of a moderate that people make him out to be.

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