Saturday, November 19, 2005
Earlier this week, the media and Democrats were dancing in the streets after Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), a former Marine Colonel, introduced a Bill favoring an expedited pullout from Iraq. According to the always-unbiased Chicago Tribune, Murtha is "one of the House's most respected hawks." And he's also a Democrat. Surely, the media/Democrats thought, his call for withdrawal will carry a great deal of weight, right?
Wrong. Last night, the Republicans in the House called for a vote on a non-binding resolution with similar language. Here is the relevant language:
It is the sense of the House of Representatives that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately.
If the Democrats were honest about their anti-war, hippy-like stance on Iraq, they would have voted that their "sense" was that a termination of the Iraq conflict was appropriate. Instead, the Democrats freaked out big-time. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the resolution "a disgrace." Tensions boiled over when Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) made the following statement on the floor of the House about an earlier conversation with a Marine colonel:
"He asked me to send Congress a message--stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message--that cowards cut and run, Marines never do."
The Democrats started screaming for her words to be taken down, and Schmidt (for no good reason) apologized. But after all the shrill debate, the Democrats were forced into putting their stances on the record. The vote was 403-3 against the resolution, with even Murtha in the majority. Ha ha ha!!!
In voting for the resolution, the Democrats were forced to choose between their base and their kooks. In voting at all, the Democrats would either alienate their base, the Commie kooks (Michael Moore, Cindy Sheehan, et al), or the so-called "moderates," i.e. union liberals, who (stupidly) vote Democrat but generally support the war.
Finally, someone knows what they're doing on Capitol Hill. It's about time.
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