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Weiner Watch

In 2010 Midterm Elections, Message/Framing, Politics on July 30, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Democratic Hero Rep. Anthony Weiner

We at The Donkey Edge are starting yet another feature we like to call Weiner Watch.  We have been huge fans of Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY), especially since the health care reform debate of last year.

Never one to mince words, Weiner was a solid advocate for not only the public option but also for the fact that single payer was the most cost-effective and efficient health care system.

Sadly, the Democratic leadership did not listen.

But Congressman Weiner is never one to back down from a fight and continually stands up to Republicans, calling them out for their lies and their bullying tactics.  He never adopts right-wing frames and never gives in to conservative dogma.

To wit, Weiner has said:

On health care reform

“Make no mistake about it, every single Republican I have ever met in my entire life is a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry.”

To Bill O’Reilly

I don’t know how else to say this, Bill, I have a very big burden debunking every one of the mistakes your making…

On gay marriage

Sooner or later they are going to live in a New York City where gay marriage is not only legal, but it’s common and they don’t even notice.

And he has targeted Goldline (which uses Glenn Beck as its shill) for its allegedly fraudulent activities, calling it an “unholy alliance” between the two.

But last night, Rep. Weiner saved his harshest criticism to date for the Republicans, most of whom voted against the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which would have given much-needed health care to those 9/11 first responders and clean-up volunteers who are now sickened by the toxins they were exposed to at Ground Zero.

The Democrats called for a two-thirds majority vote on this issue in order to prevent the Republicans from attaching overly partisan amendments to what should have been a slam-dunk passage of a popular bill.  But the Republicans stood behind procedure and voted against the bill, denying these 9-11 heroes the health care they need and so richly deserve.

Here’s Rep. Weiner’s fiery speech on the floor of Congress:

He even went on Faux News later to defend his outrage and to debate his colleague, Peter King (R-NY), who allowed all but 12 members of his caucus to vote against the bill, hiding behind procedure (starts at 7:28 mark).

To those Democrats who think he may have gone too far or ended up showing weakness or ineffectiveness in the face of Republican bullying tactics, I will use Congressman Weiner’s own words against them.

Don’t be one of those Democrats who “bring a library book to a knife fight.”

People’s lives and livelihoods are at stake every day, and we need more people like Rep. Anthony Weiner to defend us.


  1. Weiner watch is a great addition to the site. I’m a big fan. I wish more democrats would follow his lead.

  2. This is effing brilliant! I want to see a lot more of Rep. Weiner.

  3. A man of many words AND who uses them wisely! Good to see!~

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