Monday, January 08, 2007

REACTION/META: Early Loebsack reactions

Two reads on Loebsack have popped up since I wrote my first post this morning:

First, Blog for Iowa has a post up with a picture of the Johnson County DFA members who accompanied Loebsack on his trip to Washington.

On the substantive side, though, Popular Progressive notes that Loebsack's opinions on the war seem to have taken a pretty drastic shift since he was elected two months and a day ago. To say that's concerning is a massive understatement. If I were a Loebsack voter or donor, I'd be pissed right now. Congressman Loebsack, if you or someone from your staff is reading this, listen closely because I'm only going to say this once. You were narrowly elected over a popular 30-year incumbent based largely on your views on specific issues, one of which was the war. If you intend to walk back to the middle on this, then you shouldn't get too comfortable in Washington, because you'll be back in Mt. Vernon before you know it.

Popular Progressive earned a spot on the sidebar by bringing this to my attention.



mwd said...

I don't buy the criticism of Loebsack here because I don't see where his overall position has shifted. Stating that he wants to draw-down forces is not the same thing as discussing a particular spending bill, particularly considering that this spending bill will have gotten through Murtha's committee. See, for example, Pelosi's comments about this (as yet) hypothetical request here.

I don't think the referenced post proves "a drastic shift" in his position.

noneed4thneed said...

I don't see how these are connected. Loebsack didn't campaign for pulling funding for the war. Personally, I totally for redeploying our troops from Iraq, but have debated if funding should be stopped or not.