Thursday, May 15, 2008

Republicans Cave on Iraq

They are desperately trying to back away from the war.

It's too late. So they're trying to find gimmicks to make the Democrats co-owners. It's not gonna work. Matt Stoller:

Today, about 100 House Republicans refused to vote for more war funding, voting 'present'. They are trying to hand off the war to the Democrats, but even Democrats were able to increase their 'no' vote number on funding from 141 to 149; the bill failed. In a separate bill, Republicans also voted against timelines, for torture, and accountability for military contractors, including various elements of a Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq. This bill passed with 227 votes; last year, it passed with only 218 votes, for a gain of 9.

Finally the GI bill passed with overwhelming margin of 256 votes in the House, including 32 Republicans. It included a war surtax of one half of one percent on people making over $500k a year to pay for the GI bill, at the behest of Blue Dogs. This might actually be the most remarkable piece of the votes today; conservative Democrats agreeing to raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for educational benefits for veterans.

This is what Schumer expected in the summer of 07. When it didn't happen, the Dems let the Senate Republicans continue the occupation.

But MS-01 makes it clear that they've finally noticed that they've driven themselves off a cliff.

Like Wile E. Coyote, they're spinning in space looking for a handhold.

They don't have one.

Oh, by the way, Begich up by five points in Alaska over Toobz Ted.