Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Iraq Resolution Stalled

As expected, the Republicans moved to block debate on the non-binding Senate resolution on Iraq that would criticize President Bush's plans for escalation. It takes 60 votes to begin debate, and every single Republican and Joe Lieberman voted "nay." While RealClearPolitics and FOX News are declaring Mitch McConnell and his Republicans the winners here, I'm not sure. Personally, I think it makes Republicans look like they are obstructing debate on Iraq, the most important issue of the day, and also keeps Democrats from stepping into a Republican minefield intended to undermine their message.

Furthermore, it looks like the House will pick up the cause next week (with binding resolutions promised to follow). And there will be no chance of Republican obstruction then.

1 comment:

Xanthippas said...

I agree. This is no victory for the Republicans. If they seriously think that the public will tolerate any delay in discussion of Iraq, they are sorely mistaken. Americans do not care about the intricacies of the politics (most of us have trouble keeping up with it all anyway); what they care about it that Republicans in the Senate do not seriously want to discuss the future of Iraq. This is at best a delay in the debate.