The Shuffle

23 May

I’m just relieved timetables were excised from the Iraq spending bill.

But, I can foresee how Congressional Democrats will survive until 2008–by forcing President Bush’s veto just for election spin, and even as the extremists rally the troops, the moderates will form with the GOP moderates for a photo-op bill and enough rope to hang the Bush administration.

"Both sides are in a position where neither can do something without the other. That’s the reality," said House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.).

Even before the ink was dry on the spending deal, antiwar lawmakers expressed strong opposition. "There has been a lot of tough talk from members of Congress about wanting to end this war, but it looks like the desire for political comfort won out over real action," said Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.). But Democrats vowed to continue their quest on other legislative vehicles. The big showdown will come in several months, when funding from the new bill expires and results from the U.S. troop buildup and the Iraqi benchmarks begin to materialize.

"This is another stage in the sequencing of ending this war," said Pelosi, who added that September will be "the moment of truth."

I can still hope good legislation might come of this dodge.

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