Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Get Ready for the Twisted Logic
Predictably, the four Democratic presidential contenders in the Senate--Chris Dodd, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama--voted in favor; their two Republican counterparts voted against (Sam Brownback and John McCain).
This is another one of these wonderful procedural votes that can mean anything depending on how you choose to interpret it. Hillary Clinton, still not completely embraced by the antiwar left of her party, now can say she supported the measure--but of course she did not have to cast a vote on the measure itself. The Republicans, of course, can say that they simply wanted to "keep talking" and give the president's surge "more time" but should things continue to get worse down the line they can say they weren't opposed to the idea of withdrawal but just voting on a parliamentary measure.
It will be interesting to compare and contrast the differing interpretations of today's vote in the months to come.
That seems to be putting it mildly!
I liked the all night Senate talkathon, in any case - especially the cots and bedding. Can't say those MoveOn folks ain't got no clout!