Shame on John Boozman and Marion Berry both. The two of them, the first a Republican and the second an increasingly awful conservative Democrat, were the only two members of the Arkansas delegation to vote against aid to victims of 9/11, including our emergency responders who put their lives on the line in the worst attack this country has ever seen.
In Boozman’s case, this was more of the same. A party line vote, no matter what the issue. Time and time again, from his vote against chaining children to desks to this attack on the victims of terrorism and the heroes that stood up for America that day, he’s shown a willingness to vote for the most awful of things in the name of Republican unity. It’s moments like this that give me pause in my anger with Blanche Lincoln and remind me just how horrible it’s going to be with him as our U.S. Senator. Personally, I hope Blanche Lincoln and the Democrats rake him over the coals for it. (Would be nice if they held Berry accountable too but I’m not holding my breath.)
Marion Berry is even more disappointing. He’s been getting worse and worse as a congressman, but this is just plain rotten. Even Mike Ross had the decency to vote for this. That’s a really, really, REALLY, low bar. Seriously, how can anyone call themselves a Democrat and say they voted against this? Against victims of terrorism? Against our nation’s heroes? What’s worse, this brings some trouble to Chad Causey’s doorstep as well, as he’s tide himself so closely to Berry that whenever Berry makes an awful vote like this the shadow of it will be cast over Chad’s campaign. Personally, I expect Causey to come out quick and say Berry was wrong. And that’s not “expect” as in I’m making a prediction but rather “expect” as in he damn well ought to do it.
This vote to hide behind procedure to hurt people who have been victimized enough already is the worst thing we’ve seen yet from Republicans and conservative Democrats. Send Marion Berry a message that he should be ashamed. Hell, do the same to John Boozman. This vote can’t be allowed to stand unchallenged by people in Arkansas.