Tuesday, February 21, 2006

republican Republicans dare speak their names.

OK OK they dare leak there names, but still that's something.

via Glenn Greenwald.

They are Olympia Snowe and Chuck Hagel

Snowe contacted fellow committee Republican Chuck Hagel (Neb.), who also had voiced concerns about the program. They arranged a three-way phone conversation with Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.).

Until then, Roberts apparently thought he had the votes to defeat Rockefeller's motion in the committee, which Republicans control nine to seven, the sources said. But Snowe and Hagel told the chairman that if he called up the motion, they would support it, assuring its passage, the sources said.


So "sources" claim it is possible to be a Republican who believes in the Rea Publica (latin for "rule of many" as opposed to Monarchy). "Sources" claim lots of things and I wish the alleged republican Republicans were willing to confess in public, but I must admit I am surprised and pleased.

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Anonymous said...

are you sure of your etymology? I have/had thought that Republic/republican came from res publicae (no longer certain about my declensions, sorry), literally public things, more accurately, public affairs.