We ask you to join us now in honoring the strength and leadership of the Senators who stood with you:Joining these fools was a lone thundering RINO Republican: Lincoln Chafee. Even was Kerry's absurdist position on the president correct, this would still be an unconstitutional effort to betray our soldiers in Iraq and the Iraqi people. In a way I applaud these Senators for going on record in an election year so that people know exactly where they stand, but I can't bring myself to laud such a pathetic partisan display of a violation of their oath of office.
Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI)
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), co-sponsor
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI)
Sen. James Jeffords (I-VT)
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA)
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), co-sponsor
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Please call, write, or email these Senators and acknowledge their leadership on Iraq.
Let me be absolutely clear. Russ Feingold and I would have forced this vote even if the outcome were going to be 98 to 2. Ending the Bush administration's disastrous approach to this war isn't about counting votes. It isn't about legislative strategy or electoral calculation. It's about applying constant pressure to change a broken course.
So. Sorry for at least Ron Wyden. May he soon be fired by the people.
Protein Wisdom carried this story with Senate rejects calls on Iraqi troop pullout:
Minutes later, the Senate rejected by 60-39 the proposal more popular with Democrats, a nonbinding resolution that would call for the administration to begin withdrawing troops, but with no timetable for the war’s end.Breaking from the Democrats on the issue of withdrawing troops for the sake of saying they voted for a resolution to begin withdrawing troops were Sens. Mark Dayton of Minnesota, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, Bill Nelson of Florida, and Ben Nelson of Nebraska.
The lone Republican Senator to vote in favor of continuing the war with troop numbers decided upon by Congress (rather than by the generals actually running the operation) was Lincoln Chafee.
Commenters at the site shared their wisdom:
86-13 is mostly along party lines? The non-binding resolution doesn’t mean diddly.
-by Additional Blonde Agent
Maybe the Republicans and Democrats could arrange a trade - Chafee for Lieberman. I don;t think there would be any salary cap problems, I hear they make the same $.
But Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., said: “It is time to tell the Iraqis that we have done what we can do militarily.”
“Maintaining the status quo ... is a recipe for continuing instability and failure,” Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said.
So let me see if I have this… the mightiest military the world has ever seen is supposed to throw up its hands and say - “we give up” and leave. And the Iraqis are supposed to then do… what?
And Senator Levin says that if we stay it will cause problems, and by leaving ....?
I guess those two are simply talking to their respective bases - they can’t really be trying to persuade or engage anyone on the fence.
-by Major John
It’s about doing what’s right.
Karl Rove may worry about losing votes. It’s our job to worry about young Americans losing their lives. It’s our job to provide a new vision that offers real security for America while giving the Iraqis their best chance for a stable Iraq.
I will keep doing what’s right on Iraq, and I won’t stop until our troops are home and the future of Iraq is in the hands of the Iraqi people.
I know you’ll keep working right alongside me.
Do you think they sit around the office and laugh out loud like a bunch of immature frat boys while typing this stuff up?
-by N O'Brain
The GOP-controlled Senate on Thursday rejected Democratic calls to start withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq by years’ end...
With this opening, one would expect to see a closer vote.
What!!! 86-13? The majority of Democrats voted against it. Oh, the non-binding proposal ”was mostly along party lines.“ If the AP had a shred of integrity, instead of the gratuitous GOP bashing, it would have looked at why so many Democrats were willing to support only the non-binding proposal.
I have been a regular contributer to various Republican campaign committees in the past. However, for the past 18 months, and into the foreseeable future, I return each request with the following message written on them:
“Not until the Republican party stops financially supporting Sen Chafee’s campaign, and instead supports a true Republican candidate for his seat.”
You know, even if we do pull out, studies have shown that there’s around a 75% chance Iraq could still get pregnant.
*UPDATE: Added comments and Protein Wisdom quotes