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Sleepover at the Senate

 

Bringing in the cots…..

The ultimate political stunt.

Bring your jammies and a movie…. You’ve got to love an old fashioned filibuster. I kind of miss the days when they just read out of the phone book for hours on end.

Senate Dems Push All-Night Debate on Iraq Policy

“Our enemies aren’t threatened by talk-a-thons, and our troops deserve better than publicity stunts,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader.

Oh, and do they really want to talk about the future of Iraq? We’ve done far more (and far better) here at Conclub in the last 24 hours than they ever will.

The legislation would require a troop withdrawal to begin within 120 days, to be completed by April 2008. The measure envisions leaving an undetermined number of troops behind, their mission limited to counterterrorism against Al Qaeda and other groups, protecting U.S. assets and training Iraqi troops.

There are currently an estimated 158,000 U.S. personnel in Iraq, and supporters of the legislation have repeatedly declined to estimate how large a residual force they envision. “We’re not going to get into numbers, because it changes the subject,” said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.

That warrants an uncharacteristic WTF? from the Infidel Sage. Isn’t the whole point about what the future holds for Iraq, the US presence and role there, and the amount of US troops that will remain? Yep, let’s not talk about that, and oh by the way, let’s try to embarrass Bush and the GOP some more.  If they started talking specifics then maybe we would start to get somewhere. Are we talking leaving 100,000 troops there? 50,000? Eleven?

That would be an extremely important point don’t you think?

You’ve got to love political theater…

Ben Shapiro has an excellent piece as well over at Townhall.com.

Democrats’ Iraq Policy: The Ultimate Hypocrisy

This week, Democrats broke out the cots and the S’mores, and held a big ol’ Senate sleepover for surrender. By pushing an all-night Senate session purportedly designed to debate the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, Democrats hoped to show their sincerity and moral indignation. “How many sleepless nights have our soldiers and their families had?” asked oily Senator Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, who only two years ago compared U.S. soldiers at Guantanamo Bay to “Nazis, Soviets in their gulags or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others — that had no concern for human beings.”

If politics is the art of painting a sincere face on blatant political manipulation, today’s Democrats are masters of the craft. Democrats have hedged their bets on the Iraq war since its inception. They have voted for it before voting against it, funded it before denying funding, supported it before undermining it.

The fun folks of FReeRepublic are joining in with an all night Live Thread on the exciting events unfolding in the capitol. Feel free to stop by and say hi.

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Categories: Congress, Foreign policy, Idiots, Iraq, Liberals, Military issues, The Iraq War

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7 replies

  1. It’s very simple: if teh Democrats believe that the war is such a failure, and taht American participation in it has to end, all they have to do is not appropriate money for it. The fiscal year ends on September 30, 2007, and the Congress has not yet passed the FY 2008 appropriation for te Department of Defense. All that Senator Reid has to do is refuse to schedule debate or a vote on any DoD appropriations bill which contains any money for the war, and that’s it, it’s over, done.

    But they don’t have the balls to do that.

  2. Simple question Dave, are you now once again a fan of the filibuster? I seem to recall that you guys whipped yourselves into a frothy, righteous fury over Reid’s use of it a couple of years ago. Now that you are back in the minority is it once again a good thing?

    Personally I supported it then, and can’t fault the GOP now, but I am a nerd who finds parliamentary process as intersting as most guys find football, but that’s just me.

  3. I’m scott free here. I have always defended parliamentary procedure. Why should the side that wants something to fail EVER agree to let it pass with 50 votes instead of 60? I defended the Democrats’ use of it before, and I’ll defend the GOP’s use now.

    One thing I have to add though, is the disingenuousness of modern “statesmanship.” Harry Reid and other Dems pretend to be genuinely outraged that Republicans are blocking a vote.

    “Just let us vote!” they howl.

    Well there IS a vote, it just requires 60 votes to pass. Reid and all the others know this, and the Republicans know they know this, and the Republicans did the same thing when they were in the majority, and it’s all just so much political theater for the benefit of the cameras.

    But that’s a point I’ve been trying to make. Today’s congressmen aren’t leaders, they’re television pitch-men. 20 years ago, to say nothing of 60 years ago, opposition senators would have sat down with the President to discuss what’s best for the country in Iraq. Today, they’re all in some green room getting makeup and trying to make hay of the latest damage reports.

  4. The one thing that amazed me about this stunt (yes it was a stunt, but in my opinion a good one) was that the Senate rules no longer allow for a real filibuster.

    Seriously? It’s down to a vote and 30 hours of debate?

    If you’re going to have filibuster rules, then maybe you should once in a while require it. Or at least allow for it.

    I want to see Ted Stevens reading from a phone book, or some long LGF comment thread delivered to him by his internet tubes.

  5. Don’t feel to bad about being in the ‘minority’ here Andre, I posted a modified column of my last two posts on the Iraq war and the Senate sleepover at watchblog.com and I’m getting hammered. I’m definitely in the minority over there.

  6. Can we get a link Dave?

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