Thursday, July 02, 2009

Mark Kirk, Cap-and-Trade, and K Street

"For Republicans to stop delivering victories to Obama they need to engage our country in a righteous fight to distinguish us from the sagging, pitiful regimes that marked old Europe and that Obama would return us to.

"Although President Obama enjoys a Democratic majority in both the Senate and House it is actually Republicans who keep delivering legislative victories to him.

"On June 26, the House just barely passed Obama's controversial cap-and-trade global warming bill by a seven-vote margin (219-212). It was the 8 Republicans who voted for the bill who provided the margin of victory. Those Republicans are: Mary Bono Mack (Calif.), Mike Castle (Del.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), John McHugh (NY), Frank LoBiondo (NJ), Leonard Lance (NJ), Dave Reichert (Wash/), and Chris Smith (NJ).

So I thought I would investigate what our old Congressman John Porter is doing these days, and clearly he's doing well, indeed. My inbox is full of emails on cap-and-trade and Mark Kirk (one of the GOP's Cap-and-Tax 8), and most of them assume Mark is retiring. I will live by the 11th amendment, but I may have discovered Mark's future address. John Porter made a specialty of being bipartisan, but every time he needed political work he thought the Republicans would be delighted to help him. Over the years, people got really sick of this, and I imagine that they haven't recovered yet.


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