As reported in today's Washington Post, a "symbolic" measure to set a timeline for U.S. troops to leave Iraq was overwhelmingly defeated by a vote of 67-29 in the Senate.
In the nearly four months that Congress has debated the U.S. military role in Iraq, both parties have demonstrated remarkable unity. The vote yesterday represented an unusual departure for Democrats, who otherwise overwhelmingly agree that Congress must place legislative restrictions on Bush's war authority. But unlike in the House, where a large majority of Democrats would push Bush much further than he wants to go, the more moderate Senate includes many Democrats from the South and Midwest who remain unwilling to dictate specific terms for how and when the war should end.
So the dems who voted to defeat the measure are, perhaps, listening to their constituents instead of the radical MoveOn.org types?
Actually, I think the Dems are just smart enough to know, that if they put their names on a bill that would in effect be a statement of surrender, that the American public would throw them out on their ears!
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