Democrats in the Congressional House, in a 246 to 182 vote of all but 2 Democrats plus 17 Republican defectors, succeeded in their surge to embarrass President Bush on his Iraq “surge”. The House’s NON BINDING (toothless and largely irrelevant) resolution , which merely states that “Congress disapproves of the decision of President George W. Bush announced on Jan. 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq,” doesn’t even ask Bush to do anything!
Democrats in the Senate, in a RARE Saturday session and with Senator John McCain Missing In Action on the vote, attempted to pass the same measure. In a debate whether to start a debate, the measure failed to garner the 60 votes needed to end a Republican filibuster and allow debate (the vote was 56 to 44, with 7 Republicans joining Democrats to allow debate). I don’t know about you, but unlike Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) who stated that “[t]he American people can see what is happening here,… . They know that some want to prevent a vote at all costs”, I join Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a man who I admire and who has dared — I guess dared is the proper word to use here — “surge” opponents to cut off funding for our troops in Iraq. At least that way the “surge” opponents can stop trying to “have their political cake and eat it, too”, while putting a welcome end to all of these meaningless exercises in political posturing, pandering, gamesmanship and futility.