You Thought Chuckie Taylor Couldn't Get Worse

It can't possibly get much worse than being the lone Congressman holding up the placement of a permanent monument to the crew and passenger heroes of flight 93.

For emotional wallop, there are few rivals to the windswept, grassy field outside of Shanksville, Pa., where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001.

But for three years, that field has made do with a makeshift monument while one member of Congress, Rep. Charles H. Taylor (R-N.C.), has blocked a $10 million request to buy the land for a permanent memorial to the 40 passengers and crew members who overpowered hijackers bent on crashing their jet into the Capitol or the White House.

The rest of the story on the flip side..

So what could possibly be the reason that Chuckie T gives for holding up the purchase of the land? He says the federal government already owns enough land and doesn't need to buy anymore. This certainly doesn't sound like the man who was going to put an end to the sale of our national forests. Nope, just the opposite. I think old Chainsaw himself would personally have ravaged every acre if his constituency and the rest of the country hadn't stood up to him.

I don't know about you, but having the reputation of being the only man in Congress holding up the purchase of a grassy field in Pennsylvania where average men and women became heroes doesn't sound like a good plan if you are heading into a touch election year. Then, I haven't heard too many people claiming that Charles Taylor is the brightest bulb in the pack.

The good news for us is that not too many people in Washington are lining up behind old Chuck.

House Republicans worry that Taylor is not doing himself any favors, standing against the memorial fund in the midst of a tough reelection campaign against former Washington Redskins quarterback Heath Shuler.

And the White House has joined the fray. This year, the request -- for the first $5 million installment -- came from President Bush and the National Park Service. Former White House chief of staff Andrew H. Card Jr. has leaned on Taylor, as has his successor, Joshua B. Bolten. On Thursday, Shuster wrote a "Dear Colleague" letter to House members to ratchet up the pressure, offering up a form letter addressed to Taylor.

Did you catch that? George Bush isn't even lining up behind Taylor. With the primary election just days away it will be interesting to see if this takes hold in the mountains of North Carolina.

Comments

Lance, I didn't know you had one up

I had been working on this one so long. I changed the time to 22:06 which is 10:06 in military time. I don't know why it didn't post that way.



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It could be your timezone setting

in "my account." I don't recall the details, but I was not pleased with the way the software handed daylight savings time. It could be related. It is truly not a big deal--I forgot to include a smiley (or other mitigating humorous nugget) in my original comment. And your piece really is a lot better than mine (which is just a link and a blockquote).

I messed another one up once

b/c I didn't change the pm to am or something....I really do know how to tell time. Really....I do.



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It's actually supposed to be 10:06...

I'm on the laptop and it has a mind of its own. I had started it and when it originally posted it was three stories down. I was trying to change the time to when it was actually posted....not when it was started.



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Amazing

SD,

Got any links for us?

I keep thinking that Taylor can't surprise me any more. I keep being wrong.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

I just added the link to the WaPo story

Great timing right before the primary.



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Anglico

I had no idea about the Letters to the Editors feature. It's fantastic!

I could probably use a full site tutorial.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

I could use one, too!

I only know a couple of tricks, but the whole "action" thing is really very cool. Thanks, of course, go to Lance.

I love the Action thing

and we're going to make more use out of it. I'm getting Lance to make the action graphic for a coffee mug. I'm partial to it.



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Screwy, is Chuck going to win the primary?

I dont' know what the polls are saying about Shuler/Taylor/Armor matchups.



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Yeah, Screwy or Dan

What's the word on the street? I can't imagine him not winning unless John Armor is got more clout than I know of.

Great Job, SD

the hits just keep on comin'!!! Hey Screwy, Let's see if Joel Burgess is on this like white on rice.

Well...just stole it from the WaPo

and Lance stole it first. I can't believe this is the first we're hearing about this. I'm scared to think of what other stories aren't making their way out of Washington.



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John Armor

It's nice that he's running, but he doesn't stand a chance. I think we're about to see some of the lowest turnout in district history. This give fuel to Shuler's ersatz opponent and maybe to John Armor as well, but not enough to get either of them over 30%.

Armor's a very candid guy. If you want to interview him, just email him through his site.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

I hope Dems show up in droves on Tuesday

Huge voter turnout for the primary would be so wonderful.



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I bet there's a whole lot of stuff

on him and McHenry and Foxx.

I'm working on prying it out of people who do this kind of research for a living but there's no incentive for them to give it to me. And I just don't have the time to go into it all myself.

I love digging through documents

.....but it would be very nice to have a view from the inside. Keep working those angles.



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Most Excellent Idea

I'm on my way over!



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Just received a return note from Weisman

He thanked me for my kind note. I'm glad I emailed him. I wonder if he would write a Kissell article for me? Heh...



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Chimpster is at 32% Approval

CNN has a new poll. The story is here. I didn't want to start a new thread just for this. It isn't really news anymore, now is it?



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