Being the ever cynical SOB that I am when it comes to all things Washington DC I found this story rather amusing. Why? Because I don't buy this nonsense at all. Each party has their loose cannons who come out and make statements on the extreme just for political effect. They are the ones who take one for the team because they exist in a rather protected district as the voters go, it allows the party to make a public slash at the opposing side in order to gains points with it's extreme base and then the party leadership can maintain cover with the moderate voter by publically condemning the action. The democrats are concerned by the horrible poll numbers for their support in the Congress and many on the extreme democratic side feel a bit betrayed as they felt the Bush Jagernaut would have been killed by now only to see them loose the recent battle over the SCHIPs program. Stark's comments IMO were nothing more than the democratic leadership trying to hold the lines after this latest loss. Since Cynthia McKinney got sent to where ever she is now (where is she now that you mention it?) Stark warmed up in the on deck circle, stepped into the batter's box, took the hit and walked to firstbase. Trust me folks, he'll score a run in his district over this and he's probably got some aid program for his district he wants financed in the budget and it's now at the head of the line in the next porkbarrel bill! I warned you I was a cynical SOB! Ain't picking on you D, the repubs were just as good at it as well. You don't think the repub leadership stepped out first and called Clinton a whoredog do you? They had to put a man on base to get the inning going!