During the last election cycle, Esquire summed up Congressman Charlie Dent like this: "[T]he majority of Republicans - both voters and politicians - are social and fiscal moderates. Freshman Charlie Dent is one of their best."
Dent's latest positions just may prove Esquire had it right.
Thanks to a Morning Call report, we know Dent wants to reduce interest rates on federal student loans and repeal some tax incentives for oil companies. He voted to raise the federal minimum wage, increase funding for embryonic stem cell research and adopt most of the 9/11 Commission recommendations.
Most importantly, he opposes Bush's plan to increase troop strength in and around Baghdad. LVDem last week called on Dent to take a stand, and I'm glad he's done so. If Bush can listen to anyone, it will most likely be people from his own party. Keystone Politics predicts "less radical types," like Dent, will "give Bush fits for the next two years."