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The New Senate Strategy
Posted by: Dale Franks on Monday, February 19, 2007

Fresh from their defeat in the Senate of the Iraq Surge resolution, two of the Democrats' most blinding intellectual lights, Joe Biden and Carl Levin are proposing a cunning plan.
Senate Democrats said yesterday they may consider a new resolution that would redefine the mission of US troops in Iraq. This came a day after Republicans blocked a debate on a nonbinding resolution opposing President George Bush’s decision to send more than 20000 additional troops to Iraq.

Such a measure would modify the senate’s 2002 resolution authorising Bush to use force in Iraq, said Carl Levin, the Democratic chairman of the armed services committee, and Joseph Biden, who heads the foreign relations committee.

“We authorised him going to Iraq and we can modify that authorisation,” Levin said. The senate could vote to “limit the mission of American troops to a support mission instead of a combat mission”.
I call it the "Omnibus Emily Litella Act of 2007".

"Nevermind."

Of, course, there's a tiny little speed bump.
“We’re going to continue to try, because we’re determined that we’re going to change course in Iraq,” said Levin. He also said getting a binding resolution passed might be “more difficult” after senate Democrats failed to muster the 60 votes needed to begin a formal debate on the non-binding measure.
Hmmm. Well, that would seem to be a problem.

A cynical observer might note that Messrs. Biden and Levin are not only aware of that, they are counting on it. It allows them to posture about the issue in the sure knowledge that, while it might gather plaudits from the base for trying to do something about Iraq, nothing will actually come of it. For which they can blame the Republicans.
 
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They could be posturing. Without looking into their hearts, one cannot say with certainty. Of course McCain could be posturing, too, while he hopes that the Democrats end the war so he can run as the "We would have won if I had been President" candidate,without actually doing anything to bring about victory. That would explain why he didn’t show up for the vote. Bush could be posturing, too. It’s pretty easy for him to put on a big act about being steadfast when all he has to do is kick the ball down the road for he next President to deal with . That explains why he wants us all to forget about Afganistan. Just stick to the slogans and wait it out!

I think that those people who are serious about winning are talking about how to pay for the war and how to get enough troops into both Afganistan and Iraq to stabiize both countries and keep them stable over the coming yearsCongress.

And I think the one that are serious about getting out, are trying to figure out how to get out now in the near future.

I don’t think there are very many politicians in either catagory, but, if it came to trying to make a list, I can’t think of any for the first list and I can think of one for the second: Patrick Murphy.
 
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Oops. Forgot to dilete that word "Congress".. It’s the leftovers of a sentence I took out.
 
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I would like to understand how you un-declare war? Maybe Hillary would like to tell us all how she would do that if she were President. Sort of like un-ringing a bell I suppose.

As I recall, Osama hasn’t un-declared war yet, so maybe a little reflective thought might tide these donks over. Does anyone think that just because the donks surrender in Iraq the terrorists are going to just sit down and say WOW, did you see how we beat the great Satan? Or do you think ...
 
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"Cloture" is the motion to end debate and move to a vote. Why do your quoted passages refer to "...begin a formal debate on the non-binding measure." and "...Republicans blocked a debate..." And why let it pass without comment?

Inquiring minds want to know.
 
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A cynical observer might note that Messrs. Biden and Levin are not only aware of that, they are counting on it. It allows them to posture about the issue in the sure knowledge that, while it might gather plaudits from the base for trying to do something about Iraq, nothing will actually come of it. For which they can blame the Republicans
The base is bat-sh*t crazy, but they’re not stupid. They know good and damn well that the Dems can end the war by defunding it, and every day that the Dems waste with nonbinding resolutions and stupidity like this is a day that the Dems put the lie to all of their big Iraq talk, and make the base look like they were played for fools.

Why do you think Reid is paralyzed with fear over the thought of allowing a GOP resolution stating the Congress won’t defund the war to come to the floor? Because it would put fracture the Dems. Any Dem that voted "yes" could kiss the nomination goodbye, and if the party ever voted it down, they’d lose Congress.

Keep it up GOP. These profiles in courage have serious cracks in the facade...
 
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[The base] know good and damn well that the Dems can end the war by defunding it...
Do they? How, precisely, do they know that?

If the Dems can’t get a vote on a non-binding resolution, then they can’t get a vote on the Emily Litella deal, and from there we somehow jump to, "but they could defund it"?

How, pray, can they do that, if they can’t get the other things done?
 
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