Dems Can't Find Enough Republicans To Help Them Surrender
You almost have to feel sorry for them, these Democrats. They've been running around Capitol Hill these last few weeks, their white flags waving majestically in the breeze, trying to drum up support among the GOP for their plans to surrender Iraq to the forces of death and destruction. Evidently, they've decided to give up and surrender on their own:
Unable to garner enough Republican support, Senate Democratic leaders said yesterday that they are abandoning a bipartisan effort to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq by next spring. Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said that Democrats had been willing to make the troop withdrawal a "goal" in order to attract GOP support, but it never materialized. Instead, Reid will again push for a firm deadline, this time June 2008, along with a stronger effort at cutting off war funding.
"It's all definite timelines," Reid said.
No word yet on when the engraved invitations to al-Qaeda are going out, inviting them to fill the vacuum when America troops leave (No RSVP required).
Senate Blocks Bill on Iraq Combat Tours
By Anne Flaherty
Democrats' efforts to challenge President Bush's Iraq policies were dealt a demoralizing blow Wednesday in the Senate after they failed to scrape together enough support to guarantee troops more time at home.
The 56-44 vote - four short of reaching the 60 needed to advance - all but assured that Democrats would be unable to muster the support needed to pass tough anti-war legislation by year's end. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., was seen as the Democrats' best shot because of its pro-military premise.
"The idea of winning the war in Iraq is beginning to get a second look," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who led opposition to the bill alongside Sen. John McCain.