Wednesday, April 25, 2007

House passes Iraq bill; Americans side with Dems

The House voted tonight to approve the Iraq bill that was hashed out by House and Senate negotiators earlier this week. Tomorrow, the Senate will also approve this bill which calls for troop withdrawals to begin on October 1st at the latest with a goal of completion by April 1st. These votes come just as a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows Americans are increasingly skeptical of current Iraq policy and side with Dems against Bush:

The poll shows that 56 percent say they agree with Democrats in Congress on a deadline for troop withdrawal, versus only 37 percent who say they agree with Bush that there shouldn't be one.

Furthermore, 55 percent agree with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that victory in Iraq isn't possible.

And 49 percent say the situation in Iraq has gotten worse in the last three months since Bush announced his so-called troop "surge. " Just 12 percent think it's gotten any better.

It is clear that the Bush/Republican rhetoric isn't working on the American people. Republicans have the votes to sustain Bush's veto, but it is clear they will pay for it. How many will really hang on in the next few months if Iraq (and public opinion on it) doesn't drastically improve?

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