Sunday, November 20

My Oh My...

I do declare: it looks as though our congress just had a meltdown.

Some key moments
"To cut and run would invite terrorism into our backyards, and no one wants to see troops fighting terrorism on American soil," Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., said Friday night after the House, as planned, rejected a GOP-written resolution for immediate withdrawal.
"Congress in strong, bipartisan fashion rejected the call to cut and run," White House spokesman Scott McClellan, traveling with Bush in Asia, said a statement. Earlier Friday, the president called an immediate troop withdrawal "a recipe for disaster."
Now here's the thing: Murtha never called for an "immediate troop withdrawl" of any sort.


Republicans hoped to place Democrats in an unappealing position — either supporting a withdrawal that critics said would be precipitous or opposing it and angering voters who want an end to the conflict. They also hoped the vote could restore GOP momentum on an issue — the war — that has seen plummeting public support in recent weeks.

Democrats said it was a sham and quickly decided to vote against the resolution in an attempt to drain it of significance.

Pelosi is right-- this was a disgraceful attempt to deal with a serious issue.

What the AP doesn't note, by the way, in this exchange:
"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," Schmidt said. Murtha is a 37-year Marine veteran and ranking Democrat on the defense appropriations subcommittee.

Democrats booed and shouted her down — causing the House to come to a standstill.

Is that Schmidt's own caucus surrounded her to shut her up as well. At least some of them understood that what she was doing hurt them a lot more than it did Murtha.


VMS said...

The brawl in the House last Friday was ghastly, especially the remarks directed at Rep. Murtha and Schmidt. It seems so sad and unreasonable that dissent from the majority can be treated so shabbily at the present time, when it would seem that reasoned opposition should get at least a hearing. VMS

joe shikspack said...

It seems to me well past time that the folks in congress (the opposite of progress?) get a bit exercised about what is going on in Iraq. It appears that most of our esteemed congressworms are more interested in blocking a substantive debate on the topic and frankly, if those that are interested in such don't learn how to push and shove a bit, they will continue to be part of an irrelevant national "debating" society.