MOST DEMS ON THE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE VOTE AGAINST ESCALATION BUT BIDEN AND HIS CREW JOIN GOP TO SAVE BUSH'S PLAN
Did your senator vote to stop the Bush/MCain escalation plan? A real bill, with real teeth, went before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today, Chris Dodd's. The Beltway Bubble Establishment moved into action immediately to kill it. Ultimate Beltway Bubble Establishment Shithead, Joe Biden, tried to pressure Dodd into withdrawing the bill. Dodd refused. Biden was joined by 4 other Democrats who want to pass the toothless nonbinding symbolic thing-- Cardin (D), Nelson (FL), Casey (PA) and Webb (VA; it was a nice speech last night) and all the Republicans, both the Bush Regime dead-enders like Lugar (IN), Corker (TN), Issacson (GA), Vitter (LA), Voinovich (OH), Murkowski (AK) and DeMint (SC), and the ones who want to appear to be against the war without actually voting against Bush: Sununu (NH), Coleman (MN), and, distressingly, Hagel (NE).
So who were the good guys today? Which senators decided to pay attention to what the American people want? Not many.
Good thing Bush can count on Biden and some waffling Democrats to join the Republican minority and insure that his escalation and Stay-the-Course plans go undisturbed. And Biden wants to run for president or vice-president (as a Democrat).
UPDATE: THE NONBINDING TOOTHLESS SYMBOLIC THING PASSED. BUSH & CHENEY LAUGHING
After killing Dodd's bill to actually prevent the escalation, Biden mustered a majority (12-9) for his silly nonbinding symbolic thing that Bush already announced he would ignore. The full Senate will debate it next week.
UPDATE: AND COLEMAN... WHAT A PATHETIC WRECK OF A CREATURE!
Now that Wayne Allard has announced his impending retirement, we have a tie for most endangered GOP senator for '08 between two sad-sack rubber stamps, the somewhat intelligent but ne'er do well John Sununu (NH) and the completely stoopid and hilariously imbecilic Norm Coleman (MN). Both have been running around making noises to show voters in their home states, home states that have turned progressively more blue recently-- and progressively anti-war-- that they don't back Bush/McCain on escalation. Today Coleman tried amending Biden's already weak, weak nonbinding symbolic thing to say that the Senate doesn't want to send more troops to Baghdad but that the Senate wants to send more troops to al-Anbar. It failed but he dug up 3 other right-wing nitwits to go along with him. Does Minnesota have recall for senators who can be shown to have had a precipitous drop in IQ?