With twenty Republican senators up for reelection in 2008 and Bush's approval rating below 30%...
Some Republicans admitted that they were unsure how long the unity would last and whether Republicans could continue to make a case against the resolution on procedural grounds. And two Republicans facing re-election in 2008, Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Norm Coleman of Minnesota, joined Democrats in voting to begin the debate.Yes Gordon, he's talking about you. Your party lost in 2006 because the voters were tired of the Republicans giving Bush a constant green light.
Democrats tried to immediately pounce on the vote, with Mr. Reid saying Republicans had given Mr. Bush the green light to begin his buildup. They also warned of political consequences for Republicans given public frustration with the war.
“Senator McConnell led his Republican troops off the cliff,” said Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
My feelings were expressed by Steve Soto
I don't want to hear anymore from John Warner, Chuck Hagel, Sam Brownback, Gordon Smith, John Sununu, or even Arlen Specter about their misgivings on the war. They had a chance Monday to put their feelings into action and instead they got on their knees once again for this White House. They have no honor or credibility any more, and we should browbeat the shit out of them the next two years. This is their war, and these are their war crimes.