Battle for Beantown
THE BATTLE FOR BEANTOWN
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sen. John “I-Shoulda-Been-Secretary-of-State” Kerry: “Diplomacy has chance in Sudan”
Rep. “Gentleman” Jim McGovern: “McGovern, other lawmakers arrested at Darfur protest”
And the WINNER is…
NOT McGovern, according to the Boston Herald Editorial Staff:
Hey, it’s not the ’60sBy Boston Herald Editorial Staff | Tuesday, April 28, 2009 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Editorials
U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern has managed to get himself arrested – again – for a protest in front of the Sudanese Embassy.
There is no question that the genocide in Darfur remains a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions as it was when McGovern got himself arrested three years ago for a similar protest. Since then Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been formally branded a war criminal by the International Criminal Court. Al-Bashir’s response to that charge was to expel 16 aid agencies working in Darfur.
So to protest that action – which came some seven weeks ago – McGovern and four fellow members of Congress yesterday decided to cross a police line in front of the embassy.
Memo to McGovern: This isn’t the ’60s. Getting arrested for a cause – no matter how worthy – on the streets of Washington, D.C., isn’t particularly useful. You’re a full-fledged grownup member of Congress now. Do what you were sent to Capitol Hill to do – shape policy, vote for humanitarian aid, pressure the State Department to do more. You can’t do that from a jail cell.
We, here at SDAP, scored the “fight” in favor of Sen. Kerry since publicly making the case for robust diplomacy (after visiting Sudan) is far more prudent and ultimately more effective than attending silly media stunts largely choreographed/populated by rudderless advocates and their strategic consultants.