7 GOP Senators Back War Debate
Lawmakers Had Blocked Action on Troop Resolution
Senate Republicans who earlier this week helped block deliberations on a resolution opposing President Bush's new troop deployments in Iraq changed course yesterday and vowed to use every tactic at their disposal to ensure a full and open debate.Yes, Smith and the others were for the resolution before they were against the resolution before they were for the resolution. Shortly after they blocked the resolution the Republican friendly Gallup Poll showed that 72% disapprove of Bush's Iraq policy and the Smith friendly Oregonian took him to task for blocking the resolution he said he supported.
In a letter distributed yesterday evening to Senate leaders, John W. Warner (Va.), Chuck Hagel (Neb.) and five other GOP supporters of the resolution threatened to attach their measure to any bill sent to the floor in the coming weeks. Noting that the war is the "most pressing issue of our time," the senators declared: "We will explore all of our options under the Senate procedures and practices to ensure a full and open debate."
The letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was not more specific about the Republican senators' strategy for reviving the war debate. But under the chamber's rules, senators have wide latitude in slowing the progress of legislation and in offering amendments, regardless of whether they have anything to do with the bill.
This from Steve Soto applies to you as well Gordon.
So please Senators Warner and Hagel, go to hell and eat your vote Monday. You bastards should wait until hell freezes over before the Democrats give you a chance to save your political asses. The policy you threw your political futures away to defend is already deemed to be a failure by the Pentagon, so wear the collar your president has made for you. Harry Reid doesn’t owe any of you a second chance. And Chuck Schumer and the DSCC will be bagging your sorry asses next year.Wear your scarlet letter with pride.