I was listening to my colleague Hugh Hewitt's radio show the other when he was interviewing Republican Sen. Norm Coleman from Minnesota. It was nice to hear Sen. Coleman's apparent disdain for the idiotic, meaningless, non-binding Senate resolution complaining about the President's troop surge plan. In fact, here's what Sen. Coleman said to Hugh:
[Bottom line is I voted against the resolution that I think is…I’m going to be very blunt…is a pull-out resolution. This isn’t an abandon Iraq resolution. The words don’t exactly say that, but I listened to John Murtha testify, and I listened to the reaction of my colleagues across the aisle, that’s their position. They talk about redeployment, and redeployment really means get out, regardless of the consequences. I have concerns about a portion of the President’s plan, I have articulated those concerns, but I’m not ready to give up on victory or success in Iraq, Hugh.]
Sen. Coleman was referring to his vote against the resolution in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which approved the resolution 12-9.
But when the resolution came before the full Senate vote yesterday, Coleman was the only Republican (Susan Collins of Maine isn't really a Republican, she's the textbook RINO -- Republican in Name Only) to stand with the Democrats and vote for the resolution.
So what happened, Sen. Coleman? What made you change your mind?
Surely, Al Franken's announcement that he plans to run for your Senate seat isn't what made you cozy up to the Democrats in complaining about a troop "surge", right? You wouldn't be that politically transparent, would you, Sen. Coleman?
I'm starting to think that there is no honor or integrity or character left in Washington -- even from normally reliable Republicans like Norm Coleman.
It's just all a political game to these folks.