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Maddow Calls Out 'Democratic Wuss-itude' on ISIS airstrikes

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Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 09:30 PM

By Greg Richter

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow called out Democrats in Congress who are unhappy with their colleague Sen. Tim Kaine for urging a vote on airstrikes against the terror group Islamic State (ISIS).

"It's one of the biggest outbreaks of Democratic wuss-itude we've seen I think, in the press, in a long time," Maddow said Wednesday when appearing as a guest on "Now with Alex Wagner." 

A story in The Hill quoted several unnamed Democrats who said they fear a vote will hurt their chances in the November midterm elections.

"Please let us keep complaining from the peanut gallery and throwing stuff. Please don't actually make us be the decision-makers on this, which the Constitution says we ought to be," Maddow said in a mocking tone. "I understand why nobody put their names on those quotes. It's sort of obscene."

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Maddow acknowledged that Americans are war-weary and don't want to be baited into military action by ISIS, but she added that they also are "violently disgusted" by the group, which has beheaded and crucified people because of their religion.

"I don’t think anybody can say with clarity what the political consequences of a vote to authorize those airstrikes or not, and at a human level it’s a sort of disgusting calculation to be making," Maddow said. "To talk about political consequences now is just unclear first of all, and it's gross."

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