Thursday, November 15, 2007

All Smoke, No Mirrors

Udall's legislative record is quite spotty this year.

It appears that Mark Udall has been introducing bills solely for the publicity value that they create, with no real intention or hope of getting them passed. One was a bill aimed at pandering hunters by allowing them to cull the elk herds in Rocky Mountain National Park.

In 1994, the Democrats lost the congress in part because of their hostility to guns and gun owners. They are no less hostile to gun owners than they once were, but they try to do a better job of hiding their hostility.

One way to disguise that hostility is by introducing bills like:

H.R.1179 : To clarify the authority of the Secretary of the Interior with regard to management of elk in Rocky Mountain National Park.Sponsor: Rep Udall, Mark [CO-2] (introduced 2/16/2007) Cosponsors (2) Committees: House Natural Resources Latest Major Action: 2/26/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands.

If Mark Udall were serious about getting this bill passed, he would be rounding up co-sponsors, and he would be publicly dissatisfied that it was sent to committee nine months ago where he and others of his party clearly intend to let it die.

Two co-sponsors in 9 months is a joke. No movement out of committee in 9 months is a joke. No, pardon us. It politics on the cheap - all smoke without bothering to purchase the mirrors. Worse, it looks like just another sophisticated Udall lie.

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