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January 11, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

WATCHING THOSE WE CHOSE....Blue Girl, Red State, a frequent commenter here, has started up a new blog called Watching Those We Chose. The name speaks for itself, I think, but basically it's a group blog dedicated to keeping an eye on the folks we elected a couple of months ago. Check it out.

And if you're interested in being a watcher for your state, you can contact BGRS here.

Kevin Drum 12:39 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (32)

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I don't seem to recall any right-wing blog that was dedicated to keeping watch over conservatives that were elected.

Hmmmmmmmm.

Sorta keeping with the conservative philosophy that elected conservatives should have unlimited power and be subject to no criticism, but elected liberals should be subject to the most virulent and dishonest criticism and limited to power even less than that which the Constitution has given them.

Posted by: Google_This on January 11, 2007 at 12:48 PM | PERMALINK

I live in Duncan Hunter's district. I'd rather not watch, thank you.

Posted by: anandine on January 11, 2007 at 12:48 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks for the heads-up. It's important to keep an eye on the new congress. How long do you think it will be until they try to bring back the death tax?

Posted by: American Hawk on January 11, 2007 at 12:54 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks Kevin!

(My firstborn should be arriving in Irvine the end of the week to square my debt to you!)

(aka global Citizen)

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State on January 11, 2007 at 12:55 PM | PERMALINK

American Chickenhawk: How long do you think it will be until they try to bring back the death tax?

Since no such tax has ever existed, it can't be brought back, so I think a very, very, very long time.

Posted by: Google_This on January 11, 2007 at 12:55 PM | PERMALINK

Hawk, I hope soon. the sooner the Birth Tax is repealed, the better for the future generations we seem to care a lot more about than you do.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State on January 11, 2007 at 12:56 PM | PERMALINK

BGRS - do you have in mind a single blog with a lot of contributors, or a network of blogs (each keeping an eye on a particular Congresscritter or committee), or what?

Posted by: RT on January 11, 2007 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

RT: It's a single blog with multiple contributors, many of whom you will recognize from the comments threads here.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State on January 11, 2007 at 1:04 PM | PERMALINK

True that there is no such thing as the "death tax". There is an inheritance tax, but that has never been eliminated, so it doesn't need to be "brought back" either--although they should increase it again. The Paris Hiltons of the world will still be rich either way.

Posted by: haha on January 11, 2007 at 1:06 PM | PERMALINK

What a gracious host you are, Kevin. Props to you for acknowledging a great idea for a blog.

And hat tip to Blue Girl, Red State for her ingenuity in creating a citizen's watchblog of our Congress-critters.

Posted by: Apollo 13 on January 11, 2007 at 1:08 PM | PERMALINK

What Apollo 13 said.

Posted by: Gregory on January 11, 2007 at 1:25 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks go to Kevin and Washington Monthly for providing a forum that allowed such a group of like-minded people to come together.

Posted by: cyntax on January 11, 2007 at 1:31 PM | PERMALINK

Thank you, BGRS and Kevin.

Posted by: shortstop on January 11, 2007 at 1:49 PM | PERMALINK

Global Citizen:

You go, girl. Best of luck to your new site. I hope you make enough off your new site to pay off your huband's med school debts!

TCD

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on January 11, 2007 at 1:50 PM | PERMALINK

I do think it's a great idea for a blog but I also question why suddenly Congress should be held accountable when this never happens under Republican Mismanagement. I'm tired of the Dems taking the high road and acting like adults. How about a blog dedicated to eliminating the remaining Rethugs in 2008?

Posted by: ckelly on January 11, 2007 at 2:08 PM | PERMALINK
I do think it's a great idea for a blog but I also question why suddenly Congress should be held accountable when this never happens under Republican Mismanagement. I'm tired of the Dems taking the high road and acting like adults. How about a blog dedicated to eliminating the remaining Rethugs in 2008?

I would think that the best way to get rid of the Republicans is to demonstrate to the American people that the Democrats really are better; and the way to do that is to hold the elected Democrats accountable to good policy and effective politics to advance progressive ideals.

Posted by: cmdicely on January 11, 2007 at 2:25 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, it is my intent to watch everyone.

The seed was planted during the campaign when Jim Talent was touting his seat on SASC as oh-so-important, but something about it made me question what else he wasn't telling us. I had to get a Nexis account to get the meeting minutes, but they revealed he was absent for 65 of 95 meetings. I started thinking then that there needed to be a clearinghouse of that type information, because not everyone shares my obsessions.

It's a dirty hippie collective notion at it's very core, for sure, so we probably won't attract anyone with rightist leaning.

(aka Global Citizen)

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State on January 11, 2007 at 2:34 PM | PERMALINK

I'd add this to cmdicely's of 2:25: Holding Congress accountable doesn't mean going after it now simply because it's a Democratic majority. Sadly, there are plenty of Republicans still holding seats, even if they are the minority. (I wonder if that will ever become less enjoyable to say? I think not.)

Posted by: shortstop on January 11, 2007 at 2:36 PM | PERMALINK

Did someone say "dirty hippie"? What must I do to introduce you people to the custom of regular ablutions?!

(Calm down, SecularAnimist; I'm just passing through.)

Posted by: Norman Rogers on January 11, 2007 at 2:38 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, thanks Kevin for your support.

Normie, just passing through on your way to that picketing of PETA again.

Posted by: stupid git on January 11, 2007 at 2:49 PM | PERMALINK

The more watchers, the merrier. If it's not possible for America to have a genuine progressive/socialist party, keeping an eye on what we do have is the next best thing.

Posted by: dr sardonicus on January 11, 2007 at 3:51 PM | PERMALINK

dr sardonicus sums up my feelings perfectly.

Posted by: shortstop on January 11, 2007 at 4:23 PM | PERMALINK

I think not.

This reminds me of a joke that only this crowd could appreciate...

Rene Descartes walked into a bar and ordered a beer. When he was finished, the bartender asked him if he wanted another and he said "I think not..."

...and disappeared.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State on January 11, 2007 at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK

I got an invite from Blue Girl yesterday, and my first thought was:

Oh hell yes.

After thinking about it last night, my thought now is:

Oh double hell yes.

As a flaming liberal, I'm a big fan of accountability, no matter the party affiliation of the politician involved. There are so many issues that it's vital they are tracked, recorded, and our representatives actions upon them duly noted.

If a Democrat winds up sucking, then that Democrat should be replaced by a Democrat that can do the job. And if a Republican winds up sucking, then ... wait. That's kind of a given. Nevermind.

:-)

Seriously, though, it's a great idea and I am honored to be considered for a part in it. I've already claimed Rep./Mayor/Rev. Emanuel Cleaver (my rep in the House), and am considering covering the banking committee (since it's in line with my paying gig).

Kudos to Blue Gal for the idea, and big kudos to Kevin for giving her props and the word out.

Posted by: Unholy Moses on January 11, 2007 at 4:47 PM | PERMALINK

No, global, you got the joke all wrong. Descarte was on an airplane, and the flight attendant asked him if he wanted another drink.

;)

Posted by: Disputo on January 11, 2007 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

Well, like I said, only this crowd...

I tried to tell that joke to a class of nursing students last semester and when I said the name Rene Descartes someone asked who she was.

I went to my office, ostensibly to fetch a handout, but I really just didn't want them to see me cry.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State on January 11, 2007 at 5:20 PM | PERMALINK

Blue Gal/Global, Sybil?:

Thanks for thinking that I could type anything worth reading. And a big thanks for the many hours and frustrations it must have taken to format such a cool site. You rock!

Today, as I began tracking down the statements made in DC and the actions which may or may not back them up, I had a blast.

Of course, I have always been a research nerd.

Posted by: Keith G on January 11, 2007 at 5:26 PM | PERMALINK

Me too Keith. It's part of why I gravitated here and never left...I like smart people, and the occasional idiot to throw overripe produce at.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State on January 11, 2007 at 5:33 PM | PERMALINK

Of course, using Descartes' philosophy, Bush should have gone **poof** quite some time ago.

If we could only have been so lucky.

**Sigh**

Posted by: Unholy Moses on January 11, 2007 at 5:43 PM | PERMALINK

Descartes was "insightful".

Posted by: opit on January 11, 2007 at 11:57 PM | PERMALINK

Best of luck BGRS and gang. Sounds like a daunting and entertaining task.

Posted by: B on January 12, 2007 at 12:51 AM | PERMALINK

I have a doctor buddy who has $200,000 in fairly recent medical school debt. It is just insane.

Posted by: consider wisely always on January 12, 2007 at 1:10 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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