The Press Gets It Wrong On The Iraqi Resolution While The GOP Hangs Together (For The Moment)

Bizarrely, the New York Times is claiming that, “G.O.P. Senators Block Debate on Iraq Policy.” I say bizarrely, because it’s the Democrats who want to end the debate, do a few floor speeches, and vote while the GOP is opposing cloture, which means that the debate keeps going.

Additionally, Mitch McConnell deserves some credit for getting the sorry group of Republican Senators on the Hill to stand together and oppose a vote on a non-binding resolution against the surge until two alternatives are considered.

“The two political parties were at odds Monday after Democrats refused to give equal consideration during the debate to a Republican proposal by Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., which would protect funding for troops in combat.

While Democrats are largely supportive of the Gregg measure, they want to limit debate to only two proposals: one by Sen. John Warner, R-Va., that states opposition to the troop buildup, and another by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that would support the president’s position.”

Ideally, what we’d be doing is accusing anyone who wants to vote for a non-binding resolution against the surge of betraying the troops in the field and then filibustering the measure, but I sincerely doubt that McConnell has the votes for that, especially since at least half a dozen rogue Republicans want to vote for the resolution.

That’s very unfortunate, because what these rogue Republicans in the Senate are doing is going to really alienate a lot of Republican voters, even if the surge doesn’t work, and yet, the resolution will likely give them no more cover at election time than simply criticizing the war. That’s why what they’re doing, undercutting the war effort while hurting themselves politically in the long run, is a foolish mistake all the way around.

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