Tuesday, March 27, 2007



Earlier today I was chewing on my ankle worried that the Democrats would fail to stop Cochran's amendment to the supplemental spending will which would have stripped out the language directing Bush to start redeploying American troops by next year. The Republicans failed to muster a majority and it went down to defeat 50-48. Hagel voted with the Democrats, calling for an end to the Republican strategy of obfuscation and obstructionism. On the Senate floor, Hagel used language he usually reserves for the Sunday talk shows: "The cost of combat in Iraq in terms of American lives, dollars, and world standing has been devastating for our country. The American people are demanding that we develop a bipartisan consensus for an honorable and responsible exit strategy from Iraq... If we fail to build a bipartisan foundation for an exit strategy, America will pay a high price for this blunder, one that we will have difficulty recovering from in the years ahead." Unfortunately, it wasn't that bipartisan. Hagel was joined by endangered Oregon Republican Gordon Smith while Mark Pryor (D-AR) and former-Democrat Joe Lieberman (I-CT) voted with the Republicans. God only knows what Reid promised Ben Nelson (D-NE) to get him to vote with the Democrats!

Russ Feingold put the vote in perspective: "Today marks an important step toward ending the war in Iraq. For the first time, the U.S. Senate will pass binding legislation requiring the President to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. While this is long overdue, it is a big step in the right direction and it brings us closer to ending our involvement in this disastrous war."

Republicans are counting on Bush to veto the bill once the differences with the House get ironed out in conference committee. But with the Pentagon screaming that the soldiers need the support in Iraq now will Bush fly in the face of the Senate, the House and the vast majority of the American people and cut off support for our troops? Would Bush do that just to play political games? Will he put our troops in jeopardy?


I don't usually link to far right websites but this one was too funny to pass up. They have no brains and no capacity to think beyond what Limbaugh and Hannity read them from Rove's daily talking point faxes. It's kind of sad, especially the part about how they're starting to realize what a laughing stock they are: "I am sick and tired of this laughingly-termed 'Conservative Movement.' We all suck at it, it's as much a movement as the one those who take Ex-Lax might experience, and it needs to change or go away so we can continue to shrivel and hide in our dark little closets away from the bright sunshine that IS the Progressive/Liberal activist movement..."

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At 4:39 PM, Blogger Michael Harold said...

Yes, he will. And it will result in lost Republican seats in the 2008 elections. And it will make him responsible for the failure of the US Government, not the US Congress, the US Government, to meet the funding timetable for the supplemental.

It is not the Congress that will have failed the troops. It is the President.

At 4:54 PM, Anonymous bascombe said...

bush will veto and cheney will speechify on Sundays. the repugs will pay an awesome price for destroying our military and our domestic disaster readiness.

2008 is coming and so are the people of the united states.

At 5:07 PM, Blogger Bil said...

Good job Reid. He even got Ben Nelson on board!

At 6:04 AM, Anonymous Daryl said...

Reid looking very Curt Swannesque in that photo.

The repubs just got a jiu jitsu lesson and there is no going back. They either save themselves or in two years they will look back on the 2006 mid terms as the good old days.

One thing. At some point Harry is going to have to go LBJ on Joe Lieberman.


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