Okay, I'm not really sure who calls it, that, but really, it's beside the point.
For all those who are unfortunate enough to be represented by "The 59", I wanted to take this opportunity to show you what a real congressman, a real Democrat, looks like.
See, he could have taken the easy road like The 59 did. His predecessor carved out a comfortable niche for himself voting like The 59. Had he remained in office, I would surely be here talking about "The 60". That's just who he was.
He sat in one of the greatest Democratic strongholds in this nation, and instead of building a stronger Democratic base by showing actual spine, he caved time after time. He became the favorite Democrat of Ann Coulter, Don Imus, and Chris Matthews--- Which you cannot achieve if you actually remain faithful to any of the ideals of the party.
Steve Cohen went about it a different way. When the two paths diverged in the snowy wood, he took the one less travelled. He's actually exhibiting something we see rarely in the hallowed halls of Washington--- It's called courage.
For rather than becoming a Bush flunkie as The 59 did, he's reducing Bush flunkies to stammering, flop-sweating nervous wrecks.
This is how you build a movement. You do not build it by choosing your fights carefully and retreating for cover when the petulant man-child occupying the Oval Office threatens to hold his breath until he gets his way. You build it by fighting for what's right, regardless of whether it's politically expedient or not.
Steve Cohen could easily have made it "The 60" just as his predecessor would have done. He would have enjoyed a brief "attaboy" from the people that think sticking a yellow ribbon magnet on their Hummers amounts to "supporting the troops". And just as The 59 have done, he would experience a brief surge in popularity among the people that don't plan to vote for him next time around.
Or he can vote to quit sending American soldiers to die in a war with no true objective and grow the progressive movement by grilling the Right one sacred cow at a time.
For those of you that are still hanging in there, I would recommend popping some popcorn right now. Gather the family around your computer screen. True, it's just six minutes and change, but you'll want to watch it again and again.
And enjoy as Congressman Steve Cohen makes Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the most powerful lawyer in the land, as nervous as a pimple-faced fifteen-year-old asking his prom date "May I see your boobies?"
God, this footage would make a great campaign commercial.
Thank you, Congressman Cohen.