Republican Senators Who Hate Our Troops

Steve Benen catches Rudy Giuliani being Rudy:

Sens. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., have abandoned the troops with their opposition to a recently passed Iraq War funding bill, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani told ABC News Radio in an exclusive interview Friday. Obama and Clinton have “moved from being not just anti-war, but to being anti-troops,” Giuliani said.

Yes – Rudy is a twit. Steve writes:

When Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama joined 12 other Democratic senators in opposing Bush’s war-funding package, Republican presidential candidates pounced. If Dem presidential hopefuls are willing to reject funding for the troops in a time of war, we now have proof, the GOP concluded, that they must hate the men and women in uniform … Got it. But I have a quick follow up question: If opposing money for the troops in a time of war is necessarily anti-military and un-American, why did Bush reject war funding less than a month ago? If supporting the military means supporting funding measures, didn’t the president deny those in uniform the resources they need? Or is it more likely that rejecting funding for the troops in a time of war is perfectly acceptable to Republicans, just so long as they think there’s a good reason to do so?

Sounds about right but there’s a problem. It seems three of those Nay votes come from Republicans:

NAYs – 14
Boxer (D-CA)
Burr (R-NC)
Clinton (D-NY)
Coburn (R-OK)
Dodd (D-CT)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feingold (D-WI)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Leahy (D-VT)
Obama (D-IL)
Sanders (I-VT)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

Not Voting – 6
Brownback (R-KS)
Coleman (R-MN)
Hatch (R-UT)
Johnson (D-SD)
Schumer (D-NY)
Thomas (R-WY)

And 4 of the 6 not voting were also Republicans! So Brownback, Coleman, Hatch, and Thomas couldn’t take the time to vote for this bill – while Burr, Coburn, and Enzi voted against it. So by Rudy’s logic, they are against our troops. I hate to say this about a former mayor of New York City – but the man is an idiot.