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Posted by: mcq on Thursday, May 17, 2007

As far as I'm concerned that says it all. Not only couldn't Democrats muster even a slim majority (which would then have allowed them to call Republican senators obstructionists who stand in the way of the "will of the people"), they couldn't even muster 1/3 of the Democrats to vote for defunding the war through Feingold-Reid.

Yes, that's right, 2/3ds of the Senate said now. Now where I come from, that's an overwhelming defeat.

So? So now it will become clear that a) Senate Democrats are all talk about ending the war. They haven't the cojones to vote for an amendment which would do precisely that. And b) they prefer to play political games with the lives of our men and women in uniform. They can no longer claim they haven't had a chance to end the war and, they can no longer claim their future opposition isn't rooted in plain old politics.

Anyone - tell me why my perception isn't valid.


UPDATE: Phenomenal. Spin, as they say, is spin:
The Senate on Wednesday voted 67-29 to defeat a resolution calling for an end to funding for the war in Iraq. Despite the lopsided margin, media analysis on what the vote means, on "who won," is curiously split. To some, it was a victory for Democrats almost a watershed moment for the anti-war forces, an indication that support for the Iraq mission is weakening. USA Today, for example, says the vote "masked growing impatience within both political parties over President Bush's handling of the four-year conflict." The Financial Times calls the vote "a reflection of the growing opposition to the war on Capitol Hill," and ABC World News said that "each time the Senate votes, the sentiment for a quick withdrawal seems to get stronger." What was "considered radical just a few months ago on Capitol Hill is now mainstream Democratic thought. Today, a majority of Senate Democrats voted to withdraw all US combat troops from Iraq within four months, with all troops gone by next March." Along similar lines, The Hill reports "the Senate yesterday edged closer to a bipartisan rebuke of...Bush's war policy," with "a majority of Democrats" supporting "a hard timeline for ending the war."
"Curiously split". LOL! It's not curious at all to those of us who've followed the evolution of the spin surrounding the politics of this whole thing.

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Basically, the Senate has said "We Wont Cut the Funding We Haven’t Given The Troops"

With more people blaming Congress (Democrats) for the lack of troop funding, I think the political strategy is going to backfire on the Democrats.
Written By: Keith_Indy
I make it a point not to watch any of those Nightly News / World News / Perky News broadcasts more than maybe a dozen or so times a year, but I did happen to catch Gibson sweep past the vote tallies last night to focus on that growing "sentiment" for withdrawal. It just made me grind my teeth. Sentiment is news??? And not just news but the Top Story. Aaarrrrgggghhhh!!!!
Written By: Linda Morgan
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What’s the big deal? All the Dems did was to defeat some ammendment slapped onto a Water bill...
Written By: shark
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The Hill reports "the Senate yesterday edged closer to a bipartisan rebuke of...Bush’s war policy," with "a majority of Democrats" supporting "a hard timeline for ending the war."
Yep, that certainly is one way to say 29 out of 100. Of course when 29 Repubs support a measure, these same non-partisan reporters speak of overwhelming defeat.
Written By: bains
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Rest assured Senate Democrats, when the time comes to actually pull the majority of the troops out, you can safely vote in favor then and demonstrate your firm opposition to keeping them there one day longer.
Written By: Grimshaw
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While I too am disappointed at the low level of support for this bill, 29 is not technically less one third of 49(or 50 if you count Lieberman) so "they couldn’t even muster 1/3 of the Democrats" is not entirely accurate.
Written By: Retief
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The Democrats declared Victory (on Senate vote) and left. :P
Written By: Jay Evans
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Now that it has been defeated it has miraculously become rebranded as a "symbolic measure".
Written By: Uncle Pinky
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It’s "cOjones," not "cAjones." Cajones are drawers.
Written By: dicentra
t’s "cOjones," not "cAjones." Cajones are drawers.
Yeah? ... they don’t have any of those either.
Written By: McQ
Review the legislative history of multiple withdrawal bills in Vietnam and get back to me.

The next vote in September will have more. Only the die-hards will be able to pretend much longer that the US presence is putting Iraq as a country
back on its feet.

And as they abandon ship, so will the votes. Slowly and inexorably. Especially once the Republican primaries are over.

Written By: glasnost
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Review the legislative history of multiple withdrawal bills in Vietnam and get back to me.
Yes, and we see how that worked out, didn’t we? Not the withdrawal, I mean, but rather, what happened after.
Written By: Bithead
What happened after? You mean Vietnam unified and part of the WTO with Nike factories building our shoes and tourists visiting the battlefields, like it was Gettysburg? Oh and a Hanoi Hilton featuring high speed internet instead of high voltage?
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