18 September 2007

When Life Gives You Democrats …

You make limonada.

When the house changed hands back in November of 2006, Castro fans, Miami Mafia haters, leftists and misguided free traders where giddy in anticipation because of the long awaited lifting of the economic sanctions against the rogue Cuban regime of Fidel Castro, commonly referred to as the embargo, seemed at hand.

There were GOA investigations, interviews, editorials, visits to La Habana-a full court press, but in the end the embargo stayed. Not only that, in July there was a resounding 182-245 defeat against a Charlie Rangel watered-down amendment that would have eased certain restrictions on agricultural trade with Cuba that left the veteran Castro lover whining:

“I was blindsided,”

In an interesting article on “The Hill”, we learn that Charlie’s defeat is due to Cuban-American “interference” err participation in the political system through a PAC:

The U.S.-Cuba Democracy Political Action Committee (PAC), founded at the end of 2003, has given $322,500 in political donations in the 2007-2008 cycle, including $10,000 to Clyburn.

“From about 2000 to 2003, everything was going downhill in terms of maintaining current Cuba policy,” said Mauricio Claver-Carone, a former Treasury Department attorney who is one of the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC’s 32 directors. A coalition of liberal Democrats, free-trade Republicans and agriculture state lawmakers interested in opening travel and trade restrictions to Cuba seemed to be gaining ground, he said.

That’s when the PAC was formed and the decision was made to target new members of Congress in an effort to create a bipartisan wall of support for the embargo. Claver-Carone said the group’s effort is modeled after the bipartisan support in Congress built by pro-Israel groups.

But Charlie, who not only embraces a racist totalitarian regime that has instituted an apartheid society 90 miles from the US mainland, but who also works against that regime’s victims who are trying to inform the world of the human rights abuses here in the US, would not admit that the exiled Castro victims had beat him:

Rangel blamed an organized opposition and a lack of urgency
on the part of embargo opponents for defeat, and downplayed the role of political contributions.

“I don’t think we really put up much of a fight,” he said.

Sorry, Charlie-have some limonada.

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