Gridlock: House Passes, Senate Stalls Iraq Resolution

Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 03:46 PM

I knew it had to come to this: Seems the GOP was determined to play 109th rubberstamp no matter what....

As we all know, the rules of both houses are somewhat different. The House passed their "no escalation" piece, oh, but the Senate!

The 56-34 vote fell four short of the 60 needed to advance a nonbinding measure identical to one the House passed Friday. Seven GOP senators broke ranks, compared with only two during an earlier test on the issue.

And the damned Bushite diehards who won't listen to the voices of the voters, but remain good little Hitler Youth prevailed...and the Senate version bites the big one.

"This week's voting gave the world a glimpse of democracy's vigor. The next votes should provide unmistakable assurance of this nation's resolve in achieving success, supporting the cause of democracy and stopping terrorist forces in their ultimate aim of bringing their violence to our shores," said the statement, issued in the name of press secretary Tony Snow.

Translation: The White Slum rolls yet another doober.

The day's events ended the initial phase of what looms as a yearlong confrontation between the new, Democratic-controlled Congress and the commander in chief.

Yeah, it's called Congressional Gridlock. I predicted this back before the election. Look forward to more of this. A lot of it.

Polls show strong public opposition to the war, which has killed more than 3,100 U.S. troops. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have died, the majority of them since        Saddam Hussein was toppled from power in the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.

Democrats seemed eager to force Republicans into votes that might prove politically troublesome.

"They are torn between their president's policy and the wishes of the constituents, but vote they must," said Sen. Charles Schumer (news, bio, voting record) of New York, head of the Senate Democrats' campaign committee.

But Sen. Lindsey Graham (news, bio, voting record), R-S.C., said Democrats, too, were caught in a political squeeze play. He said the alternative measure pledging not to cut off funds for the troops would have drawn as many as 75 votes, but accused Reid of blocking it to protect his rank and file.

"If you have this vote, the left, the radical Democratic left, would eat every Democratic presidential candidate alive," Graham said.

I just wonder if Lindsay was hitting the pipe when he belched that one out. Who's writing for him now, Rush? Michelle? Anne?

I knew this was going to happen. Regardless of what you and I think, the elitist asswipes of the GOP think me and you are morons and don't know a thing about foreign policy.

Well, we do know one thing: Rethuglicans must know where the best reefer is, as they sure smoke a lot of it.