what they’re saying in england

Here’s a clip from a recent issue of the Guardian on the fallout over our filibuster debate:

President Bush’s drive for absolute power has momentarily stalled. In a single coup, he planned to take over all the institutions of government. By crushing the traditions of the Senate he would pack the courts, especially the supreme court, with lockstep ideologues. Sheer force would prevail. But just as his blitzkrieg reached the outskirts of his objective, he was struck by a mutiny. Within the span of 24 hours he lost control not only of the Senate but temporarily of the House of Representatives, which was supposed to be regimented by unquestioned loyalty. Now he prepares to launch a counterattack – against the dissident elements of his own party…

The day after Bush was frustrated by Republicans in the Senate, 50 Republicans in the House deserted him on the issue of stem cell research. His policy limiting scientific work is a sop to the religious right that views the stem cell question as an extension of abortion. Debate in the House was marshalled by Republican majority leader Tom DeLay, who argued that Bush’s policy must be supported because “Jesus of Nazareth” began life as an embryo. Bush promised to veto the stem cell bill passed with massive Republican defections, the irony of his opposition to the filibuster unmentioned.

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3 Comments

  1. chris
    Posted May 31, 2005 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t see it the way the Gaurdian did, but I prefer their intrepretation of the current events to mine.

  2. mark
    Posted May 31, 2005 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I thought it would be good to post something with a positive spin for a change.

  3. Posted June 1, 2005 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Totally agree with both of you, Chris and Mark.

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