Like I’ve said before, “Politics, my dear, the thrill is gone.” The Democratic and Republican parties are equally skilled at squashing my enthusiasm. I’m much more left-leaning than right. But when the Dems don’t take a stand, how can I line up with them?
Today’s vote in the Senate on Democratic proposals for withdrawal from Iraq was a farce. Per usual. Even with Bush’s approval ratings so low, it’s becoming more and more evident that once again the Dems will find a way to snatch defeat from victory in November.
The conventional wisdom is that the Democratic Party is indecisive and weak, a la Kerry’s “I voted for it before I voted against it.” So what happens? Not one but two alternatives to Bush’s failed Iraq war policy are put up for a vote in the Senate.
Both fail, naturally. The Kerry proposal to withdraw all combat troops by July 1, 2007 gets just 13 Democratic votes. A nonbinding resolution calling on the administration to begin withdrawing troops with no timetable fared better, losing 60-39.
Still, six Democrats voted against the wishy-washy Democratic initiative. Including Joe Lieberman.
The Dems have a knack for losing political battles without even having established a firm frontline. It’s one thing to take a stand and be knocked over. But when you’re wobbling back and forth it’s difficult to tell when you’re up and when you’re down.
Wow. Bush should start bringing troops home sometime. If he feels like it. Just a suggestion. Even that flaccid notion was too strong for six Senate Democrats.
I’m so underwhelmed.