Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Go Carol Shea-Porter!

The war of words between GOP Chairman Fergus Cullen and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter continues.

Last week, Cullen criticized Shea-Porter's recent speech on the House floor, saying it undermined U.S. troops. Shea-Porter called on Cullen to retract his statement.

Yesterday, Cullen declined to do so. "If she's going to be against this war, she should have the courage of her convictions and vote to end funding," Cullen said.

He described last week's House debate on a resolution expressing congressional disapproval of President Bush's troop surge in Iraq as "shameful."

Shea-Porter hit back: "If Fergus Cullen has the courage of his convictions, he should go enlist, because they're having trouble meeting their quota. He's young, he's single and he's healthy. If he needs to know where the recruiters are, call me."

Although she opposes the war, Shea-Porter said, she's "working in a bipartisan manner to protect the troops and keep them funded with everything they need."


  1. Last I'd heard, recruiters weren't having trouble meeting their goals. If anything, they were exceeding their goals. Has this changed in the last few months?

  2. My understanding is that the goals have been lowered as well as the requirements of joining up were eased in the last year.


  3. I guess we're hearing different spins on the data. (no surprise, eh?) My understanding was that even the re-enlistment rates were decent. But I'd rather not debate it.

    On a completely different note, I wanted to compliment you on the new WP feature/plugin that gives you little location, OS, and browser icons for the commenters. I'm eager to post something trivial from the Wii and see what the OS icon is. Perhaps a PNG of Mario? ;-) Probably just the block N that Nintendo sometimes uses.

    For now I'll just post from elinks... Keeping it "old school" text mode browsing.