Friday, June 19, 2009
What does Ron Paul (R-TX) have in common with Keith Ellison (D-MN)?
Neither voted for the resolution passed by the House on Friday in support of the Iranian dissidents. Ron Paul was the lone nay vote in the 405-1 tally, and Ellison voted "present."
Paul is an isolationist, explaining his vote, and Ellison is the House's sole Muslim, but it isn't clear to me why he would vote "present."
It was actually a turnip truck, Anon 10:13. Heh.
I didn't necessarily want to go there, but I thought that Ellison was a Sunni, and most Sunnis are fearful of Mullah-led Shia expansionism and enhanced Iranian power in general, so he ought to have sufficient religious reasons to support the resolution; obviously, the primary reason to support it is that the dissidents have a chance to bring some form of representative government to Iran.
Right, Anon 10:31, I did forget to include him in the text of the post, though I saw his name in the link. What is Loebsack's deal? He represents a university town and yet can't vote for this resolution? Hasn't he been checking Huffpo and Facebook, and it's all good? This is a case where casting a yes vote has zero political or financial cost, and not casting a yes vote has the potential to upset constituents in a university town.
Why would the House's only Muslim member vote for this resolution, just because Muslims are being killed in the streets?
Sigh. I'm not sure which is worse, the fact that he felt compelled to abstain from voting or the fact that that doesn't come as a surprise to anyone.
"It was actually a turnip truck, Anon 10:13. Heh."
"I didn't necessarily want to go there, but I thought that Ellison was a Sunni, and most Sunnis are fearful of Mullah-led Shia expansionism and enhanced Iranian power in general, so he ought to have sufficient religious reasons to support the resolution;"
Your Sunni vs. Shia conjecture is bang on in the Middle East, but think about where Ellison is based. In the U.S., opposing Iran is opposing Islam, quite simply, and not something that a guy like Ellison would do.
E81: "a turnip truck."
One of my old acquaintances, advertising genius Hal Riney (1932-2008), came up with the sentence "I didn't just fall off a turnip truck," Escort81. He wrote it for a Yamaha commercial in 1973.
Hal also wrote the famous Bartles and Jaymes TV commercials and Ronald Reagan's "Morning in America" commercial.
You'll enjoy the video (300k) of Hal's career highlights at the Web site of the Advertising Hall of Fame.