Thursday, April 05, 2007

The moral high ground

Remember when the Repubs claimed that they were more in tune with "American values" than the Democrats? I suppose that they are still claiming that, but fewer and fewer people are listening. Here's one example of why that's so: Last week, the office of Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) admitted that he had placed a "hold"--a maneuver by which one senator can block consideration of a measure--on an anti-cockfighting measure that was passed in the House by a vote of 368-39. Thus, Sen. Coburn--who is a doctor, by the way--becomes the Senate's leading proponent of animal cruelty.

The Senator's office portrayed his move as a stand against unnecessary federal law. Proponents of the bill suggested that he had knuckled under to pressure--read, campaign cash--from the illegal but huge cock- and dogfighting industry.

Ah, yes, the GOP, party of values. The value of the dollar, that is.

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