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June 27, 2006

Shockingly, CNN editorializes

A majority of Americans support the flag-burning amendment (not this American, but that’s besides the point). So, obviously, Republicans are only pushing it to help drive conservatives to the polls in November–as takes pains to remind its readers twice in one article:

The measure was the latest in a series of controversial election-year votes engineered by the chamber’s GOP leaders in an effort to entice the party’s conservative base to the polls in November.

And then 2 paragraphs later:

A constitutional ban on flag burning is seen as being more widely popular than the proposed amendment to ban same-sex marriages. A gay-marriage ban was defeated earlier this month and was seen as another attempt by the GOP to mobilize its conservative base before November.

Posted by Karol at 10:11 PM |
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Anymore, I look at news source like CNN, the AP, and yes, Fox News, as nothing more than tabloids. I’m waiting for Bat Boy to show up on one of them.

Posted by: Shawn at June 27, 2006 at 11:38 pm

CNN is biased towards liberals…and this is news?

Posted by: New York Hotlist at June 28, 2006 at 12:17 am

As far as I know this bill has been introduced in every session of Congress since Eichman, and its proponents have always faltered when they got to the Senate.
The idea that this is some novelty dreamed up by Bill Frist this year is a bit absurd, although their larger point, i.e. this is yet another insipid attempt at rallying conservatives who will not return has some merit.
If the Republicans really want to “entice” their “base” a good start would be to unequivocally reject this amnesty monstrosity, and to commit Arlen “Not Proven” Specter and John McLame to one of the District of Columbia’s more selective psychiatric wards.
-good times, Gerard.

Posted by: Gerard at June 28, 2006 at 12:35 am

So that isn’t what you think it is? I remember the press treating the Rangel bill to institute the draft as similar gamesmanship; likewise the various gambits the Dems use to prevent the GOP from watering down their own wingnut proposals to make them more centrist.
It is about time that the press started separating tactics from actual policymaking. Call it editorializing if it makes you feel better.

Posted by: Charles at June 28, 2006 at 9:53 am

That’s obviously what’s going on here- if not, why do all these votes come up a few months before an election? The day the Republicans introduce a flag-burning amendment in an odd-numbered year is the day I agree with you on this.

Posted by: Steve at June 28, 2006 at 9:58 am

Do a search for the number of times Bush mentioned the words “gay marriage” in 2004 and than do it again for 2005.
Do people really fall for these election year wedge issue pushes?

Posted by: New York Hotlist at June 28, 2006 at 10:50 am

I support the freedom to burn our national symbol of freedom too. To me it can be done not only a rejectionist protest, but also as a way to affirm what is great about America. Sure 99.99999% of the time it’s a bunch of rejectionist idiots that are doing it. We all still deserve the freedom to burn our symbol of freedom either way.
About the election year gimmick stuff, Karol is right: Most of the country is against flag “desecration”. It’s no big shock that the Republicans are pushing this. That it’s during an election year can also be seen as a strategy to try and get it passed — because they actually want it to pass. They are hoping they can pry away that 67th vote by making a big public stink about it in the years that politicians bother to care about public opinion.
That they also could get more votes because of is no crime either. What do you expect them to do other than try and get as many votes as possible? So you don’t like where the votes are coming from… Try changing public opinion. Try running for office.
Go ahead and claim it’s just an underhanded tactic by the Republicans, but all I see there is everyday politics.

Posted by: J.Kende at June 28, 2006 at 2:30 pm

The Rangel bill was political gamesmanship, which is why only two Democrats in the House of Representatives voted for it.
Charles Rangel not being one of them.
What’s more, it was political gamesmanship that backfired for its proponents.

Posted by: Gerard at June 29, 2006 at 1:42 am
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