Alex's Outlook

Friday, July 25, 2003

Gephardt = Screwed

The House Republicans have passed a bill revamping Head Start, a 40-year-old education program. The changes are for the better, although (it would seem) pretty cosmetic. The vote was 217-216, with 12 Republicans bolting to the D's. If Dick Gephardt had been there (instead of campaigning) the bill would not have passed. (Gepardt was one of only two representatives absent, both Democrats.)

Before this, Gephardt could say that it doesn't matter that he's missing 85% of all the House votes, because the Republicans are steamrolling them and his extra vote won't help. He can't say that anymore.

Dick Gephardt : Howard Dean :: Nelson Rockefeller : Barry Goldwater. In other words, Gephardt is dead.


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