Tuesday, May 22, 2007

You don't play chicken with a sadistic sociopath.

While I share the chagrin and perhaps the outrage at the feckless seeming of the Democratic leadership, I feel that living to fight another day better serves the interests of progressives.

The sad fact of the matter is that Bush would leave the troops over there to die without any money. He would not begin to remove them even while knowing that their funding had run out. And it would be irresponsible to knowingly leave the troops unfunded at the hands of a delusional Commander-in-Chief.

Another sad fact is that we could not count on enough Republican votes to force our timetable and benchmarks and standards through. That fact says more about the President, and his Republican allies, than it does about the Democrats. In fact, the only thing it says about Democrats is that we need more of them!

Yes the leadership kicked the can down the road. That is disappointing.

But it is the wisest move politically and it prevents the GOP from foisting responsibility for this policy off on its opponents. By September it would be hard to imagine that what sits in the mind of the American people will be the fact that Democrats lost this battle. The reality is that they are powerless to stop the President because of his allies in Congress.

It is not the fault of Democrats that our Constitutional system has limits.

Were it not that Bush and the Republicans are so divorced from reality, are so craven, are so stubborn that they insist on pursuing neither a policy for victory nor a strategy that enables our exit, we would have the votes to implement a timetable and a shift in focus toward the political reconciliation that must take place to make any military effort lasting.


Blogger Terry Carter said...

I've been thinking about this all day, and I can't help but think that the Democratic leadership INTENTIONALLY wrote in the ability for George Bush to "waive" the benchmarks, so that when he does (and we all know he will not hesitate to do so), the media will be *all* over it -- making him out to be an utter fool all over again.

9:16 PM  
Blogger Beltway Progressive said...

Tom Davis voted with President Bush. Again.
If it weren't for the recent votes on DC voting rights, he would have voted 100% with Bush this month. So he is willing to strain his Republican credentials for DC residents, but not for Virginia soldiers at Walter Reed and in Iraq and Afghanistan.

9:18 PM  
Blogger Thaddaeus Toad said...

The light that shines between the proverbial rock and the hard place is that we progressives may be able to expose more Republicans for the royalist, Bush-enabling liars that they are.
If they won't stand up to Bush in the face of their impending ouster, the People will have to cast them out in even bigger droves in 2008.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Terry Carter said...

Unfortunately, Jim Webb voted against a 'time line measure' recently too. I *still* can't figure that one out....

10:00 PM  
Blogger AnonymousIsAWoman said...

This was a really good post Thaddaeus Toad. Jaime is right, you really should write more often.

8:56 PM  

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