Sunday, October 26, 2014

Open Honest Republican (Oxymoron) Spills the Beans About Bombing ISIS

Jack Kingston (R-GA), former GOP Rep. and Senate candidate

Two stories relate to this man:

First, from here:  The original question was: “Will President Obama ask Congress for permission for those strikes, as he did last year when Congress eventually rebuffed him? Or will he go at it alone?”

Logic says one might think Republicans would demand the president consult with Congress before undertaking those attacks. But, you would be wrong. In a remarkable bit of honesty, Jack Kingston, the Republican from Georgia, explained why in the New York Times this way:

A lot of people would like to stay on the sideline and say, ‘Just bomb the place and tell us about it later.’ It’s an election year. A lot of Democrats don’t know how it would play in their party, and Republicans don’t want to change anything. We like the path we’re on now. We can denounce it if it goes bad, and praise it if it goes well and ask what took him so long.”

Kingston, as the Times notes, supports having a vote on air strikes in Syria. But what he's saying is still remarkable: Republicans don’t want to vote on a force authorization so that they can avoid taking a position and criticize the president no matter what happens. In many ways, this is the story of Obama’s presidency: He can do no right among the Republican Party. Better for the GOP to attack him and avoid laying out a coherent agenda. After all, why govern when you can just sit on the sidelines and score political points? At least, Kingston is being honest though.

The second tidbit about Mr. Kingston - I ask this question: "Who is Jack Kingston?"  

Some from here helps answer that question. When he sat in the House, he had lots of power, like this … “Kingston is on the record as taking the following donations from such DOD lobbyists… “ (story continues at the link).

Seems he would fit nicely in the GOP Senate, right? Oops ...

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