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June 28, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

THE WELDON FILES....Is Curt Weldon the weirdest congressman currently in office? It's a fierce contest, of course, but the latest news from Weldon-land is definitely opening up some daylight with the competition.

Here's the story. A guy named Dave Gaubatz, who was deployed to Iraq in 2003, became convinced that there were several hidden WMD caches in southern Iraq that had been overlooked by military inspectors. He tried to get someone to inspect the sites but had no luck, so he turned to Weldon and congressman Pete Hoekstra. Here's his story about his meeting with Weldon on May 4:

Congressman Weldon asked me several times during the meeting if I would go with them [along with three Iraqi citizens] to the four sites near Basrah and Nasiriyah, Iraq. During the meeting it was discussed that no member of their respective committees would be informed, specifically no member of the Democratic party.

Congressman Weldon whom I had respected very much then advised no member of the "Military" was to be informed because they could not be trusted with this intelligence information. Congressman Hoekstra did not like this statement, nor did I. I now did not feel comfortable going with Congressman Weldon because this was going to be a 'political personal venture" more so than for national security concerns.

Emphasis mine. According to Gaubatz, Weldon was seriously planning to take a secret trip to Nasiriyah and attempt to dig up the alleged WMD himself. As he told Tom Ferrick of the Philadelphia Inquirer, "They even worked out how it would go. If there was nothing there, nothing would be said. If the site had been [scavenged], nothing would be said. But, if it was still there, they would bring the press corps out....It was treated as an election issue that would get votes."

Did you get that? He was going to take a little jaunt to Nasiriyah, break out his shovel, and start digging around himself without telling the military what he was doing. Then, when the glorious shells were found, he was going to call in the press and declare himself Weldon of Arabia, Discoverer of WMD.

Ho-lee shit. Pennsylvania can do better than this whackjob, can't they?

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Curt just wanted to meet Anderson Cooper and ask if he could butter his toast.

Posted by: steve duncan on June 28, 2006 at 2:27 PM | PERMALINK

Is Curt Weldon the weirdest congressman currently in office?

Nope. That would be Barney Franks the weird gay guy from taxachusetts. And Nancy Pelosi with her weird hair. And Cynthia McKinney who punches cops with her weird hair. And Patrick Kennedy with his dope problem.

Posted by: Al on June 28, 2006 at 2:28 PM | PERMALINK

This is the state that gave us the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter, n'est pas?

Posted by: We got your cup on June 28, 2006 at 2:29 PM | PERMALINK

Leave it upto Washington Monthly to swiftboat a patriotic American.

The liberals have no shame.

Posted by: nut on June 28, 2006 at 2:33 PM | PERMALINK

Don't be too sure Pennsylvania can do better...they also have Santorum, member! I have roots there and relatives still...sadly they are of the uninformed, don't bother me with facts, GOD WILL SAVE US ilk...so I'm never surprised by the whackjobs they elect.

Posted by: Dancer on June 28, 2006 at 2:33 PM | PERMALINK

"Pennsylvania can do better than this whackjob, can't they?"

Maybe, maybe not. PA really deserves to win - by miles and miles - those 'weirdest state' contests you sometimes run.

Posted by: Trent Lott's Hair on June 28, 2006 at 2:33 PM | PERMALINK

Well, given the large and increasing number of Republicans under investigation, indicted, or in prison for bribery, corruption, or extortion, mere criminality has come pretty close to the norm in that party, so I guess it can't be called "weird" any more.

It's kinda too bad about him canceling his little trip, though. Going to Basra and Nasiriya, and not telling anybody in the military about it, would have greatly increased his chances of being called home to the bosom of the Lord in very short order. But alas, he will be denied that eternal bliss, and instead have to suffer this mortal coil for a little while longer...

Posted by: bleh on June 28, 2006 at 2:34 PM | PERMALINK

I eagerly await the Wheldon Beheading Video posted on the internet.

What is this dumb fucker thinking?

Posted by: Osama_Been_Forgotten on June 28, 2006 at 2:35 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, and I'd like to point out to Steve Duncan that Pennsylvania is on the Mason side...

Posted by: We got your cup on June 28, 2006 at 2:37 PM | PERMALINK

And what if he actually found something?

Posted by: william on June 28, 2006 at 2:38 PM | PERMALINK

Where's Wooten when he's needed to defend his state's honor, eh :)

Of course, with constituents like *that* ...

Bob

Posted by: rmck1 on June 28, 2006 at 2:39 PM | PERMALINK

(continued)

I grew up in central PA, and it was like living among the pod people. Weldon is a recognizable type.

Posted by: Trent Lott's Hair on June 28, 2006 at 2:41 PM | PERMALINK

william:

These whackjobs already "found" something.

500 pre-'91 shells of mustard gas and sarin. About as a deadly as a case of poison ivy -- and known about since the prewar inspections.

"WE FOUND THE WMD !!!"

Cretinous idiots -- or idiotic cretins?

We Distort, You Deride.

Bob

Posted by: rmck1 on June 28, 2006 at 2:42 PM | PERMALINK

The folks at Swing State Project have done a good job exposing this freak. They have a picture of him pinning a medal on Mohammar Qadhafi after speaking at a Moonie rally. I'm speechless.

Posted by: kent on June 28, 2006 at 2:42 PM | PERMALINK

Masons don't butter their.....toast?

Posted by: steve duncan on June 28, 2006 at 2:42 PM | PERMALINK

Personally, I tend to avoid vigorous digging in areas in which artillery shells might be buried, be they chemical or conventional. Sounds like a good way to win a Darwin award.

Posted by: chasmrich on June 28, 2006 at 2:47 PM | PERMALINK

"Snakes ... why did it have to be snakes?"

Doubtless, even if Weldon DID find the cache of WMDs in the Well of the Souls, that nasty Frenchman Belloq (in league with the Nazis, I mean, blogofascists) would entomb Weldon and his plucky galpal.

Posted by: The Confidence Man on June 28, 2006 at 2:49 PM | PERMALINK

So.. you criticize Bush for not finding WMDs, and then you turn around and criticize the guy who is trying to find WMDs? Can you make up your mind, please?

Posted by: American Hawk on June 28, 2006 at 2:50 PM | PERMALINK

AH: So.. you criticize Bush for not finding WMDs, and then you turn around and criticize the guy who is trying to find WMDs? Can you make up your mind, please?

Did you read the part about not trusting the military? So what, we're now gonna have congressionally run black ops in Iraq with Congressman Weldon in charge? That sounds like a good idea to you? Or political grandstanding? To say nothing of just getting killed while they were over there. Was Weldon going to hire Blackwater to provide security?

It would never work; it's a goddamn paranoid fantasy. But hey, it's just WMDs, no big whup.

Posted by: cyntax on June 28, 2006 at 3:01 PM | PERMALINK

This really lends itself to a movie, doesn't it? I mean the actual attempt to go a-digging in the war zone. Would love to see it. Fred Willard as Curt Weldon...

Posted by: LeisureGuy on June 28, 2006 at 3:02 PM | PERMALINK

Something tells me Weldon keeps a laminated picture of G. Gordon Liddy and a jar of Vaseline on his bedside table.

Posted by: steve duncan on June 28, 2006 at 3:08 PM | PERMALINK

Sounds like Weldon was trying to do his own verison of MacGyver.
American Hawk & Al....pretty weak attempts at trolling...it just seems like you guys don't have your heart in this thread. Could it be you guys realize Weldon is as bat-shit crazy as the rest of us do? I know conditioning, or your paychecks, are hard things to overcome but come on....crazy is crazy. And a congressman trying to go out and run his own secret op without telling anyone else including the military we are all supposed to be so supportive of and believe in, is just nuts.

Posted by: Nathan64 on June 28, 2006 at 3:12 PM | PERMALINK

Weldon must be a god to the 101st keyboarders

Posted by: Sharon on June 28, 2006 at 3:19 PM | PERMALINK

You can be a friendly in Iraq and still have the U.S. military bomb the shit out of you. And from what I hear unknown persons digging holes in the desert get some drone action pretty quick. How stupid do you have to be to envision such a mission on the terms he sought?

Posted by: steve duncan on June 28, 2006 at 3:20 PM | PERMALINK

But the *real* question is: Does he make neck-vein bulging speeches from the well of the House during Special Orders like 'B-1' Bob Dornan? :)

Bob

Posted by: rmck1 on June 28, 2006 at 3:21 PM | PERMALINK

This really lends itself to a movie, doesn't it? I mean the actual attempt to go a-digging in the war zone. Would love to see it. Fred Willard as Curt Weldon...

I think Steve Buscemi would make a great younger Weldon.

Posted by: gq on June 28, 2006 at 3:23 PM | PERMALINK

Naw Steve Duncan-

I just thought I'd humbly counter your assertion from last week, something to the effect of 'all Southerners are inbred, and worthy of contempt.'

As a retort to the assertion that 'our morally superior shit don't stank above the 40 parallel,' I humbly submit Exhibit A:

The Keystone State

Posted by: We got your cup on June 28, 2006 at 3:23 PM | PERMALINK

...then you turn around and criticize the guy who is trying to find WMDs?

Dude, you're freaking hillarious! Who needs spy satellites and human intelligence when you have...a shovel!!! hahaha, so so good. Thanks AH.

Oh, and wingnuts, since you're not so eager to sign up to fight in Iraq, maybe you'd be willing to go over there and do a little digging?

Posted by: enozinho on June 28, 2006 at 3:24 PM | PERMALINK

Curt Weldon: the model for Dwight Schrute.

Posted by: Brittain33 on June 28, 2006 at 3:24 PM | PERMALINK

No no, y'all don't understand. He's going to bring a whole bunch of Gideon Bibles along with him.

If he gets stopped by any hostile insurgent types, he's going to tell them that as a Christian, he's a man of peace and he loves them (in a Christlike way, of course) as he does himself. And then he'll offer them a Bible as a token of sincere friendship, and wish that the Good News would have the same glorious, positive effect on their lives and the lives of their Iraqi brothers as it had on his and his family's life.

Then he's going to offer to share a pilfered MRE and a Pepsi with them.

Then he's going to beg them to at least use a little Vaseline on that rifle butt ...

Bob

Posted by: rmck1 on June 28, 2006 at 3:27 PM | PERMALINK

Is Curt Weldon the weirdest congressman currently in office?

Congressman, maybe, but if we're gonna throw the field open to Senators I have to nominate Oklahoma's Tom "Help! Mom! There's Lesbians in the High School Girls' Bathroom!" Coburn.

Posted by: Stefan on June 28, 2006 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, I sooo wish he had gone.

And maybe take Bill O'Reilly with him.

Posted by: tomtom on June 28, 2006 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

Stefan:

Not to mention James "Help! Mom! I'm the stupidest man alive!" Inhofe.

Bob

Posted by: rmck1 on June 28, 2006 at 3:33 PM | PERMALINK

Not to mention James "Help! Mom! I'm the stupidest man alive!" Inhofe.

And hey, the current crop of Republican congressman is giving him a run for his money for that title....

Posted by: Stefan on June 28, 2006 at 3:35 PM | PERMALINK

At 2:19pm on June 28th, 2006, Rep. Curt Weldon has cause Kevin Drum to curse...

Welcome to the unhinged club, Kevin. I am sure Michelle Malkin will be writing about you shortly.

Posted by: justmy2 on June 28, 2006 at 3:52 PM | PERMALINK

Ahhh...

And did you catch this goodie from the same site...


On 4 May 2006 (evening) I contacted a journalist from the Washington Times who was going
to do an article on the WMD issue and informed her of the trip scheduled to Iraq with the
Congressmen, the Iraqis and myself. She called Congressman Hoekstra's staff to inquire about
the trip. The journalist later called me to inform me she would not be running the WMD article.
I was called by another journalist on the night of 4 May 2006, and informed the Washington Times had been told to "squash" their article. They complied for political reasons.

You see, the Washinton Times knows its place as the WH Mouthpiece. If the Government says it is ok to publish, go for it. Otherwise, you are labeled a traitor to your country.

It is nice to know which side of the First Amendment the WashTimes is on.

At least they are upfront about being a propoganda organ of the Administration, I guess,

Posted by: justmy2 on June 28, 2006 at 3:57 PM | PERMALINK

Did you read the part about not trusting the military? So what, we're now gonna have congressionally run black ops in Iraq with Congressman Weldon in charge? That sounds like a good idea to you? Or political grandstanding? To say nothing of just getting killed while they were over there. Was Weldon going to hire Blackwater to provide security?

Posted by: cyntax on June 28, 2006 at 3:01 PM | PERMALINK

Obviously, you have made two critical mistakes cyntax. 1) AH actually reads what he is commenting on. 2) AH uses logic.

It tends to make responding a bit more difficult, but feel free to continue trying if you get the urge.

Posted by: justmy2 on June 28, 2006 at 4:02 PM | PERMALINK

On 16 June 2006, I asked Congressman Weldon if he could arrange a "Congressional Hearing"
so the American public will know the truth behind the WMD issue, to determine who "dropped
the ball" in regards to intelligence dissemination, and to allow the American public to decide if
the suspected WMD sites should now be inspected.

Of course, after Dave determined Rep. Weldon was only in the game for political purposes as opposed to national security, Dave proceeds to continue to go to Rep. Weldon for more and more help.

What's the saying, fool me once....I forget how it ends...

Posted by: justmy2 on June 28, 2006 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

So that's what that strange guy was doing digging in my backyard yesterday...

Posted by: bgno64 on June 28, 2006 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

As nutty as it may sound, it has its merits. It allows Weldon to remain friendly with the right-wing "I'ma gonna join the minuteman" fantasy-camp, while avoiding such annoying truths as absence of WMDs, and the provably false reasons for invading.

This is a clever political strategy for riling up the base. And in light of current Republican woes, he needs to shore up as many crazies as he can to protect his incumbency. The GOP is in danger of loosing the House, and he knows it. The Republican panic-fest has begun.

Posted by: Jon Karak on June 28, 2006 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

So let me see if I understand this. Everyone believes what this nutjob WMD guy is saying about Weldon. Does that mean they beleive what he says about uncovering WMDs in Iraq and that he knows ehere they are? Does this now mean the war in Iraq was justified?

Either this guy is credible or he isn't. I don't see how you can buy what he says about Weldon and then dismiss his claims he knows where WMDs are buried.

Posted by: poppycock on June 28, 2006 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

This really lends itself to a movie, doesn't it? I mean the actual attempt to go a-digging in the war zone. Would love to see it. Fred Willard as Curt Weldon...
Posted by: LeisureGuy on June 28, 2006 at 3:02 PM

It reminds me of "Treasure of the Sierra Madres" with weldon as the Humphrey Bogart character.

Posted by: 2.7182818 on June 28, 2006 at 4:13 PM | PERMALINK

Lets see if I understand all this. They good congressman proposed sneeking into Iraq, going to a possible WMD site unannounce, taking a shovel out of his pack and digging up missing WMDs all because he couldn't trust the military and he wanted all the glory of finding WMD's to himself.

Think about what would probably have happened to this yahoo. My guess is that when he rented his vehicle just outside the green zone somebody would have realized he was an American. They might have realized he was a congressman. Every insurgent in that part of Iraq would have been tasked to hunt him down. Assuming he was able to leave Bagdad, he and his little band would have been rounded up by the insurgents. His significant other (I assume he is married, but he might be gay for all I know)would have promptly got on the phone and called somebody in the military. The administration would have gone apeshit to get him back. A bunch of 19 to 25 year olds just trying to get through their time in Iraq without being shot would have been assigned to find him. All kinds of equipment would have been employed. A bunch of those 19-25 year olds would have been killed or wounded in the effort. So would a lot of innocent Iraqis. Ultimately he would have been beheaded.

All in all it would just be easier, cheaper and safer for all concerned if the good people of Pennsylvania were to vote this clown out of office.

Posted by: Ron Byers on June 28, 2006 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

Either this guy is credible or he isn't. I don't see how you can buy what he says about Weldon and then dismiss his claims he knows where WMDs are buried.

Crackpots attract crackpots. They also attract defenders who are usually crackpots themselves. See Al for proof.

Posted by: Mike S on June 28, 2006 at 4:20 PM | PERMALINK

I don't see how you can buy what he says about Weldon and then dismiss his claims he knows where WMDs are buried.

Easy. Weldon has proven himself to be precisely that kind of paranoid, grandiose idiot -- this confirms a long rap sheet of misdeeds and misfires. The WMDs, however, can't be found by an entire standing army, nor by two teams of inspectors prior to the war, which means a smidge of skepticism should be applied to a single guy's claim. See how that works?

Posted by: noltf on June 28, 2006 at 4:23 PM | PERMALINK

>That would be Barney Franks the weird gay guy from taxachusetts.
Whats weird about Barney Frank?

You do know that massachusetts is ranked 32nd in terms of taxes per per capita income, right?

Posted by: Chris Green on June 28, 2006 at 4:23 PM | PERMALINK

Mr. Drum has the story wrong in one important respect. Had Weldon gone through with his little safari, he wouldn't have done any digging himself. Instead, to get the digging done, he planned to dragoon an overworked O-3 or O-4 unfortunate enough to be in the vicinity into providing troops -- of which there's not exactly a surplus. Patrols and such would just have to wait, while Weldon did his PR stunt.

Looking at the comments here, I guess the right-wing fuckwits (not Mr. Drum) need to have it spelled out for them: Scumbags like Weldon don't "support the troops". Scumbags like Weldon view "the troops" as props and tools for their own ambitions. Not that I expect the lesson to take, with them....

But bizarre and idiotic as this stunt is, I still think Santorum's got the lock on weirdness. Including the stillborn infant in the family photo really blew the competition away.

Posted by: sglover on June 28, 2006 at 4:28 PM | PERMALINK

Looks to me like Congresscritter Curt has already been beheaded, and the trolls have likewise emptied their heads.

Posted by: ronjazz on June 28, 2006 at 4:29 PM | PERMALINK

Is sand the only thing Weldon will be shoveling?

Posted by: DUDACKATTACK!!! on June 28, 2006 at 4:33 PM | PERMALINK

Congressman, maybe, but if we're gonna throw the field open to Senators I have to nominate Oklahoma's Tom "Help! Mom! There's Lesbians in the High School Girls' Bathroom!" Coburn.

Coburn gets our vote also, but Frist is right up there. Actually, is there a non-insane Republican M.D. in the Senate?

Posted by: Hot Lesbian Cheerleaders on June 28, 2006 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

I LOVE this Democratic gameplan. One by one, plant the "rumor" of WMDs in Iraq, and one by one, they go dig for 'em. And I'm guessing these sites are not in the Green Zone, and we all know what that means.

Quickest way to reclaim the Senate? Me thinks so.

By the way, a pic of Weldon operating a back-ho in the middle of some sand and mortor fire could be worth a lot of $$...


Posted by: Punchy on June 28, 2006 at 4:43 PM | PERMALINK

"Pennsylvania can do better than this whackjob, can't they?"

I would replace PA with the U.S. and answer no. Thanks to access to TV by idiots who can tap into lots of money, our democracy is no more.

Posted by: Hedley Lamarr on June 28, 2006 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK

Congressman Weldon has a great idea. I think we should support the creation of Republican Congressional Commandoes, and we should contribute generously to their deployment in the battlezones of Iraq. Totally covert. No military protection. Excellent.

Posted by: CT on June 28, 2006 at 4:58 PM | PERMALINK

>What's the saying, fool me once....I forget how it ends...

>Posted by: justmy2 on June 28, 2006 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

"There's an old saying in Tennessee I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee that says, fool me once, shame on shame on you. Fool me you can't get fooled again."

~GWB~

Posted by: Say "Ten" on June 28, 2006 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

Leave it upto Washington Monthly to swiftboat a patriotic American.

The liberals have no shame.


Thats the funniest thing I have ever seen written....did the article personally disparge Mr Weldons character or service to his country......NO!!!

Was the article critical of this "plot" to find WMD w/o the US government and US military involvement....YES!!!!

Criticism does not automatically mean Swiftboating...got it...


But its nice to see CONS have figured out that SwiftBoating does exist and is applicable to the shameful treatment two sitting Congressmen have recieved for their service to this country.

Nice try

Posted by: lib4 on June 28, 2006 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

"So.. you criticize Bush for not finding WMDs, and then you turn around and criticize the guy who is trying to find WMDs? Can you make up your mind, please?"

Transcendant douchebaggery.

Posted by: The Tim on June 28, 2006 at 5:08 PM | PERMALINK

Why do I suddenly have the urge to go out and rent Road to Morocco and Ishtar?

Posted by: jurassicpork on June 28, 2006 at 5:28 PM | PERMALINK

Curt, like most GOP Congressmen, is dumber than a sack full of hammers.

So they've turned up traces of weapons 16 years old. Ooo-la-la.

Sort of reminds you of the Ted Koppel quip from years back, "We know Sadaam had WMDs back in the 80s, we have the receipts to prove it" (thanks to King George I).

Now if only Weldon and Hoekstra could dig up some of those receipts...then they'd REALLY be on to something!

Posted by: filmex on June 28, 2006 at 5:39 PM | PERMALINK

Obviously, you have made two critical mistakes cyntax. 1) AH actually reads what he is commenting on. 2) AH uses logic.

It tends to make responding a bit more difficult, but feel free to continue trying if you get the urge.

Posted by: justmy2

Well, yeah... you're right. But this one was just so completely divorced from reality that I couldn't resist. Is there some sort of 12 step program for resisting the urge to respond to spectacularly specious troll talk? I may have to join.

i>

Posted by: cyntax on June 28, 2006 at 5:41 PM | PERMALINK

Am I the only vet to find this doubly offensive?

If understand right, Weldon planned to sneak his party into Nasiriyah without anybody noticing. What kind of insult is it to the US military to imagine that it wouldn't notice this little Raiders of the Lost Ark adventure?

Two insults: the military can't be trusted, & it's not competent enough detect an overweight, bumptious Congressman excavating in the middle of a war zone.

Posted by: HK on June 28, 2006 at 5:52 PM | PERMALINK

"Fool me once, shame on you...fool me twice, cue Keith Moon."

Posted by: pbg on June 28, 2006 at 5:56 PM | PERMALINK

Wheldon actually arranged to have OJ Simpson help locate the WMDs just as soon as he finds the real killer.

Posted by: trueblue on June 28, 2006 at 6:03 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, but Our Hero Weldon, he didn't actually GO, did he? Maybe Kevin's quote was from the equivalent of a night at the lodge, talking big to impress his brothers with "what I woulda dun" stories over a few brews. Talk is cheap, unlike a ticket to the Middle East (which in Penn is Harrisburg, itn't it?) Speaking of cheap talk...G. Gordon Liddy comes with his own Vaseline.

Posted by: Clinched on June 28, 2006 at 6:27 PM | PERMALINK

Talk is cheap, unlike a ticket to the Middle East (which in Penn is Harrisburg, itn't it?)

Actually, a week or two ago I offered to fly one of the resident trolls here (I believe it was Birkel) to Baghdad after he'd been boasting how good things were there. I thought, hey, if that was true he'd appreciate a two week Iraq vacation, so I'd spring for a round-trip ticket. He never took me up on it -- not only wouldn't he put his money where his mouth is, he wouldn't even put MY money where his mouth is.

Posted by: Stefan on June 28, 2006 at 6:43 PM | PERMALINK

Stefan:

"Visit beautiful, historic Baghdad.

Have a BLAST !"

--Iraqi Ministry of Tourism

Posted by: rmck1 on June 28, 2006 at 6:46 PM | PERMALINK

Actually weldon was gonna take george along to iraq I mean after seeing him, george, in that action packed tragicomic film, looking for wmd under the furniture.
George would make a great photo-op, instead of brush they should give him a shovel and when they dig an empty hole george can look up smirk and say say,"No WMD here. Look. See." and the people in the audience would laugh for some odd reason.


Posted by: ][ RIGHT ][ on June 28, 2006 at 7:58 PM | PERMALINK

Stefan & rmck1: Good one!
Really, if they won't enlist, and it is so wonderful in Iraq, why shouldn't they seize the chance to travel free? Most likely it is a combination of 1)Their mommies said no, 2)They heard there are no Cheetos to be had in Iraq, 3)If they leave their computer they will leave some liberal post unanswered - a clear dereliction of duty in the 101st field manual.
You'd need some serious incentives... maybe a carry case of cheetos and a cooler full of deit pepsi???

Posted by: XeroMan on June 28, 2006 at 8:07 PM | PERMALINK

No, we in PA can't do better, we have the son of God himself, Rick Santorum, as a senator, and the greatest flip flopper of all time, Arlen Specter. One of our Reps is Jabba the Hut, Phil English. He was one of the guys who actually spent taxpayers time and money on the floor of the house standing up for Hastlert. Everyone is so concentrated on Leibermann and Lamont, they ignored English 2 years ago. He could have been beat in 2004 but he was ignored. He's been a Rep in my district for 16 years!!!!! The only Democrats elected from the left is Mayors and a Governer in PA. Please help us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are important in the presidential elections. We have 21 electoral votes! That's one more than Ohio. We're number 5 in the electoral vote and we came pretty close to voting for Bush in 2004. Don't ignore us. PA is falling more and more to the right.

Posted by: Greg on June 28, 2006 at 8:55 PM | PERMALINK

I dunno that Weldon is "firing up his base". His base is the country-club Delco repugs (aka, "fat, dumb, and happy". Much like Weldon himself). Now, with the redistricting a few years ago, a slice of Chesco got added to his district, but that's still not hardline 'winger territory.

No, I think it's just that Weldon has been in that seat for a loooong time. His chances of advancing to higher office are slim, and he's getting antsy to make a name for himself on the national stage.

Of course, not being the swiftest groundhog to try and cross the turnpike, "hilarity ensues".

Posted by: Satan luvvs Repugs on June 28, 2006 at 9:50 PM | PERMALINK

Unhappily, this idiot is in my district. We are split 50-50 in Delco but voted for Kerry and Rendell in the last major elections. Unfortunately we cannot cast off our Senators, who can rely on 'Pennsyltucky' between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to retain their seats. Truly, PA is 2 blue cities with 'bama in the middle, which is a nice metaphor for the entire country. The fact that the PA blue collar burbs vote repub is one of the reasons for the Democratic minority. On the bright side, more and more of my neighbors seem unhappy with the regime, and want change.

Posted by: smoof on June 28, 2006 at 10:40 PM | PERMALINK

I think Weldon should organize a whole chickenhawk tour to help him dig. Give all those folks who insisted there were WMDs a chance to vindicate themselves. Pass out the shovels to Dick and Don and Condi and Colin and why not Boy George himself?

Posted by: purvis ames on June 28, 2006 at 11:14 PM | PERMALINK

Wheldon recently appeared on the NewsHour to attack the NYT. He acted like a rabid dog that needed to be put down.

Posted by: bob h on June 29, 2006 at 7:40 AM | PERMALINK

Though I live in the UK I get to vote in his district. However voting against him the 5 elections or so hasn't done any good so far. Maybe this one'll be the charm

Posted by: yank in london on June 29, 2006 at 8:45 AM | PERMALINK

I'm all for free speech but maybe we should charge a fee for Al,American Hawk and Nut's posts until then can prove they'll make some relevant comments instead of squaking like trained parrots.

Posted by: gandalf on June 29, 2006 at 9:14 AM | PERMALINK

Curt Weldon is not nuts. he's just sleazy.

Posted by: Oingo Boingo on June 29, 2006 at 9:15 AM | PERMALINK

Weldon is Special Ed/Captain Queeg Morrissey's (Captain's Quarters) favorite congressman:

[Link]

Posted by: The Liberal Avenger on June 29, 2006 at 9:35 AM | PERMALINK

A Republican with a SHOVEL In his hand?

I mean, come on? Was he going to take some illegals with him to do the digging for him?

"Another Martini, Javier... This heat is frothing oppressive today. Double the workers water rations, I am feeling expansive"

Posted by: Fade on June 29, 2006 at 9:45 AM | PERMALINK

I love the comment about weldon as Dwight from the Office... That captures it perfectly! Seriously, though, I'm embarrassed to be in his district. Donate to Joe Sestak, weldon's opponent and a great candidate....
Oh, I also am reminded of the "ass map" from Three Kings showing where the gold was buried.

Posted by: anonymous on June 29, 2006 at 9:56 AM | PERMALINK

Why do I suddenly have the urge to go out and rent Road to Morocco and Ishtar?

Funny, I was just thinking of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, but with artillery shells instead of $300,000 waiting at the end.

Posted by: Irony Man on June 29, 2006 at 10:08 AM | PERMALINK

They're buried under a big W, I tell ya!

Posted by: Jimmy Durante on June 29, 2006 at 4:38 PM | PERMALINK

Ho-lee shit. Pennsylvania can do better than this whackjob, can't they?

Why?

Politicians are, by nature, opportunists.

Belly of the beast, y'all.

Posted by: BenFranklin on June 29, 2006 at 5:32 PM | PERMALINK

Good article. I want to help clarify some issues. I was the only U.S. civilian Federal Agent in southern Iraq at the start of the war. Top Secret plus clearances, Arabic linguist, and 15 years of counter-intel experience with the U.S. Govt..Sites are still not guarded nor inspected..thanks, Dave Gaubatz www.davegaubatz.com

Posted by: Dave Gaubatz on June 29, 2006 at 8:05 PM | PERMALINK

Truly, PA is 2 blue cities with 'bama in the middle, which is a nice metaphor for the entire country.

Hey! State College is blue... a tiny little blue dot in the middle of a sea of red, but still...

Posted by: A. Nony Mous on June 29, 2006 at 10:16 PM | PERMALINK

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today....from: www.tpmmuckraker.com

A moment from David Kay's recent testimony regarding the WMD found in Iraq that Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) and Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) so shamelessly hyped. Here Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA), another believer, won't believe what Kay is telling him:

As far back as September 2004, the CIA had disclosed the discovery of the old chemical munitions from Iraq's war with Iran. The CIA also explained that these weapons were not the ones the Bush administration had used to justify the invasion of Iraq. What's more, Kay said, the decades-old sarin nerve gas was probably no more dangerous than household pesticides -- and far more likely to degrade at room temperature. "In terms of toxicity, sir," Kay told Weldon at one point, "I suspect in your house, and I know in my house, I have things that are more toxic than sarin produced from 1984 to 1988."

These were not the facts Weldon wanted to hear. The House member quickly lost his cool. "There is nothing under my sink that could be classified as a weapon of mass destruction or violate the Chemical Weapons Convention," he thundered.

(Salon)

Posted by: thisspaceavailable on June 30, 2006 at 9:25 AM | PERMALINK

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