Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Shulman on Mr. 8%

The campaign of Dennis Shulman released a statement regarding Representative Scott Garrett scoring 75 percentage points below our Congressional Delegation's environmental average. My personal favorite part of the release was this:
As illustrated by the admirable scores of Garrett's Republican colleagues, what matters is not whether an idea is Democratic or Republican, but whether it is good for the country.

Obviously, looking to your right, this is a big part of my personal beliefs.

You have to contrast Shulman's sentiment with the one Garrett offered after the State of the Union; as well as his verbally assaulting moderate Republicans for putting the nation above partisanship; or the fact Garrett refuses to recognize bi-partisan support for bills backing things from AIDS prevention in Africa or health insurance for low income children that he doesn't like.

Shulman is still considered by all the pundits to be a long shot, however one can only imagine what it would be like to go back to the days of Marge Roukema; where a certain amount of partisanship was present, but where it took a backseat to good policy.


Anonymous said...

Marge Roukema was really a democrat. She voted with the democrats on over 50 percent of the issues. I could not vote for Marge Roukema. What kind of republican is Roukema anyway? I am against higher taxes and more spending on government programs. When do we have any spending restraint? I support Congressman Garrett. I have never seen by liberal democrat friends even engage in any bipartisanship and their politicians are always reelected.

rmfretz said...

Now, you're just making stuff up regarding the voting record. Granted, she wasn't the 90% that Garrett has, but unlike Garrett, when she was voting against things it was because it would adversely affect our District as opposed to going against her personal ideology.

As far as the bipartisanship, I think it's lacking in both parties. It's a result of each being beholden to the fringe of their respective parties in the primaries.

When the only folks voting in the primaries don't want you to work with the other side; politicians without a spine or wide name recognition are less likely to stand up for what is right.