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Sun Feb 10, 2019, 07:11 PM

Walter Jones, who worked to atone for his Iraq war vote, is dead at 76

Source: The News and Observer

WASHINGTON - Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., an Eastern North Carolina congressman who made it his mission to atone for his vote sending U.S. troops into Iraq in the early 2000s, died Sunday on his 76th birthday. Jones, like his father, served his district for nearly a quarter-century.

His death was confirmed by his office.

Read more: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article225147640.html

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Reply Walter Jones, who worked to atone for his Iraq war vote, is dead at 76 (Original post)
melm00se Feb 2019 OP
hlthe2b Feb 2019 #1
Aristus Feb 2019 #9
hlthe2b Feb 2019 #10
Grins Feb 2019 #11
SunSeeker Feb 2019 #2
brooklynite Feb 2019 #3
sinkingfeeling Feb 2019 #4
Cold War Spook Feb 2019 #5
UpInArms Feb 2019 #6
Sneederbunk Feb 2019 #7
yardwork Feb 2019 #8

Response to melm00se (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 07:13 PM

1. RIP, Walter...

You had a reputation for being one of the 'good ones'....

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:34 PM

9. In what known universe?

He was the infantile putz who started the whole 'Freedom Fries' bullshit. Blithely dismissing two hundred thirty years of close alliance with France.

I know, I know, he tried to 'atone' for such ridiculously idiotic political squalor. But the best way to atone for something is not to do it in the first place.

It's easy in the political area to play to the cheap seats and the cheap people sitting in them. That's why so many politicians do it. The mark of an exceptional leader is not to engage in such odioous behavior.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #9)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:45 PM

10. Did I not say had a "reputation for being one of the good ones"? That sort of lays out there that

it was RELATIVE....and indeed compared to the rest of the Republican ilck, that is true.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #9)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:07 PM

11. True and ummmmm...

Jones infuriated me at the time of the FF nonsense. Could not stand him, and he got plenty of press. But he came around!

By 2005, and seeing the hell-scape of the Bush administration and two lost wars, he admitted he was wrong and then some. By 2005 he was up and out, publicly saying that Bush/Cheney had LIED, the intelligence had been cooked, thousands had died needlessly (and his district includes Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point MCAS), apologized for the "Freedom Fries" bit, and was a huge thorn in the side of Republicans for years because he supported Obamacare.

Jones did the Freedom Fries bullshit with another Republican - Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio), who went to prison for his connections to and his money-laundering with - Jack Abramoff. After prison he too he came out of the dark and into the light and became very critical of the GOP.

So on the one hand you are right - he was a shit. On the other he redeemed himself and tried to make up for his stupidity in trusting Bush/Cheney. That's worth something.

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Response to melm00se (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 07:17 PM

2. ...

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Response to melm00se (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 07:17 PM

3. Jones won a Republican Primary with 43%; there was no Democratic candidate

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Response to melm00se (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 07:23 PM

4. R.I.P.

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Response to melm00se (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 07:30 PM

5. He was my Rep.

RIP

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Response to melm00se (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 08:34 PM

6. Rest well, walter

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Response to melm00se (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 08:40 PM

7. Can we afford to lose honest Republicans?

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Response to melm00se (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 08:51 PM

8. He was a decent man. I'm sorry for his family's loss.

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