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Harry Reid jumps thru hoop, falls flat on face

Only two days after being called on the carpet by his Masters of the antiwar Left, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid failed to deliver on his whiny promises as the Jim Webb Senatorial Stupidity Amendment, which would have dictated the details of troop rotations in and out of Iraq, fell four votes short of the needed 60, and died the ignominious death it so richly deserved.

Pandemonium broke loose at one point on the Senate floor as Republicans, seeing ailing Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota at his desk, demanded a competency test. In the ensuing brouhaha, Senator Ted Kennedy was mistakenly tasered several times, but fortunately was well sedated beforehand. When the machines read out a "persistent vegetative state," Republicans raised a point of order, which was denied when presiding Senator Chuck Schumer pointed out the leads were actually attached to Senator Patty Murray, and the reading had therefore been expected. Senator Kennedy declined a turn on the machine, but requested of Senator Barbara Boxer that she "freshen me up." Senator Dodd added, "Two, honey, and make us a sandwich," but was rebuffed as Boxer retorted, "I can't cook!"

The Amendment had been proposed by Virginia Senator Jim Webb, who is rumored to be leaving the Senate to play the Huntz Hall part in a Broadway revival of the "Dead End Kids."

Okay, I made the two preceding paragraphs up. Parts of them, at least. Bet you aren't completely sure which parts, though. . . ;-) . . . Ann Flaherty has the real obit for the Associated Press:


Democrats' efforts to challenge President Bush's Iraq policies were dealt a demoralizing blow Wednesday in the Senate after they failed to scrape together enough support to guarantee troops more time at home.

The 56-44 vote - four short of reaching the 60 needed to advance - all but assured that Democrats would be unable to muster the support needed to pass tough anti-war legislation by year's end. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., was seen as the Democrats' best shot because of its pro-military premise.

"The idea of winning the war in Iraq is beginning to get a second look," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who led opposition to the bill alongside Sen. John McCain.


Read the rest at the link above. Of course, Democrats don't give a rat's patootie about how much time the troops get between assignments, that is a mere subterfuge to force withdrawal from Iraq without admitting that's what they are doing.

Spineless weasels slithering on their bellies like serpents, and yet, beneath worms in character and consequence. This is NOT your father's Democratic Party, folks.


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Comments (20)

Stroke victim humor - alway... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Stroke victim humor - always a winner!

Piss off, jp2. You've demon... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

Piss off, jp2. You've demonstrated enough in the past that you have no sense of humor, or really any independent will. You're the definition of a lockstep leftroid.

So the humourists in the De... (Below threshold)
kim:

So the humourists in the Democratic Party wanted to make a joke of politics. How desperate to prop up an ailing man and attempt to make it mean something?

Their whole ideology has stroked out. If it weren't for the denial of the media, someone would have called for help. Instead, rather than forcing strong medicine into the sufferer, they'll let the condition progress to terminal.

How come a majority of the Senate votes to withdraw troops in the face of clear evidence that the tide is turning over there?

The answer? Democrats. What a disgrace this once admirable party has become, pandering to the loons at Kos and Moveon.

They don't speak to the moderates we occasionally get over here; they're speaking to the moonbats, and you can gauge the worth of them by their rhetoric.
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Poor old Webb doesn't have ... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Poor old Webb doesn't have to brains to know he's being used by the leadership of the senate. A leadership that has the congressional approval somewhere between 7.5 and 11% is polls conducted by left wing anti-american hacks. Doesn't that mean that everything the 'media' is telling us about the mood in America is a lie? I see a blowout in 08 but it will be at the expense of the socialist/communist (used to be democrat) party. One or two more anti-american rants from Moron-on.org should get half the dhimmi's thrown out of congress that aren't up for reelection. The crazies like Reid and Peeelooooshi need to go before they get millions of Americans killed.

The White House must be tos... (Below threshold)
Virginia Vet:

The White House must be tossing the right raw fish to trained Republican John Warner, who now appears to be flip-flopping on command.

Both Warner and Webb are veterans and Webb has a son currently serving in Iraq. You might think that Warner's experience in the uniform and camaraderie with a fellow Virginia Veteran might provide a strong background for supporting the troops.

However, the irrelevant White House showed that it can still make John Warner pirouette regardless of the resulting impact on troop morale and lives.

I nominate Senator John Warner for the Flip-Flopper of the Year award.

Webb has just got to be one... (Below threshold)
kim:

Webb has just got to be one of the more dissonant sons a bitches out there. It gets to a point where you can actually feel sorry for them. Mass delusion a la BDS is no picnic, particularly after the ants have gotten into it.
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Here, suck on this, Jimmy m... (Below threshold)
kim:

Here, suck on this, Jimmy me boy; anything to make you feel better.
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Looks like SCARY HARRY did,... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Looks like SCARY HARRY did,nt do what the lineral antiwar idiots wanted and their both showing how silly they are

Virginia Vet the idiot: "Ho... (Below threshold)
Drago:

Virginia Vet the idiot: "However, the irrelevant White House..."

and then this!

VV: "...showed that it can still make John Warner pirouette.."

Wow. So an "irrelevant White House" appears to not be quite so irrelevant after all.

Hey VV, logic much?

kim's bout of explosive di... (Below threshold)
FreedomFries:

kim's bout of explosive diarrheal delusions have splattered all over the posts this morning w/ runny brown drippings like "the Iraq war is over" among other oozing brown bilge.

The Kween of the Fartune Kookie Kwips has eaten one too many of her e coli laden kookies.
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FreedomFlies,You o... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

FreedomFlies,

You often attempt humor, but it doesn't quite work...

While "diarreah" references can be humorous in the proper context, you seem to lack the necessary comedic skills to properly use them.

No one knows what the hell your "Kween of the Fartune Kookie Kwips" even means, but you seem to find it amusing, like a comic who cracks himself up with his own jokes while the rest of the room is silent.

Your hatred shows to the same level your comedy fails... And that makes us laugh.

The war is over, we won, get over it.

Not only that old fast food... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Not only that old fast food boy, you got your puny ass kicked not once but twice in the last 2 prez elections. That's your problem greasy.

Please, please, please don'... (Below threshold)
kim:

Please, please, please don't delete FF. This is a very characteristic presentation of one of the latter stages of BDS. Quite precious in its monomania.
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Well, at least Webb has a d... (Below threshold)

Well, at least Webb has a dog in the fight.

Well... At first I was surp... (Below threshold)
Darby:

Well... At first I was surprised that they failed to pass, what seemed to me at the time, a positive bill.

Then I started thinking about what it would mean.

They get as much time off as they do in combat? Why, that means everyone over there that's been there for more than 1 tour of duty needs to come home right away...

This is just another way, it seems, that the democrats are trying to take the power the Commander-In-Chief rightfully has away from him.

...Democrats don't... (Below threshold)
Boyd Author Profile Page:
...Democrats don't give a rat's patootie about how much time the troops get between assignments...
While I certainly wouldn't dispute that as an accurate generalization, I also believe it doesn't apply to Sen Webb. I say that as one of his constituents (although I didn't vote for him), and also having served under him in the Navy while he was SecNav.

He's not stupid, nor is he insincere in his concern for the troops. He most definitely is incorrect in believing it's Congress's responsibility to dictate troop rotations. He may even be someone's unknowing pawn, using his military credibility to "back door" a troop drawdown law.

But while I don't think much of many of his political philosophies, I don't doubt for a second that everything he does as regards the troops is what he sincerely believes is best for them.

Boyd:I say tha... (Below threshold)
marc:

Boyd:

I say that as one of his constituents (although I didn't vote for him), and also having served under him in the Navy while he was SecNav.

I also served under Webb, it's hard to say what kind of job he did as Secnav, he only served in that position for 10 months. (May 1, 1987 - February 23, 1988)

One thing is for sure, at a time while stated Navy policy was to rotate ship deployments with 18 months at home for every 6 month deployment it was routinely violated.

Ships on average were only at home for 12 months before deployment. (of that 12 half was at sea during the normal training cycle)

That's not to say Webb was the sole cause of that but he did nothing to stop it either.

While Webb's concern for th... (Below threshold)

While Webb's concern for the troops may be quite genuine - and I have no reason to suppose it is not - he's still a smart enough guy to realize that the timing and particulars of this amendment make it a forced withdrawal from Iraq. As a former SecNav, he should also appreciate the danger in Congress attempting to micromanage deployment rules.

If the true purpose of the amendment was as stated, there would have been extensive hearings first to determine the nature of the problem and the potential ramifications of proposed solutions.

The short answer, therefore, is this was merely an attempted "end-around" play to force withdrawal without having to actually vote for "withdrawal" as such.

Webb used to have a lot of ... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Webb used to have a lot of credibility but he's used it all up with his current crusade against Bush and Rumsfeld. He has allowed some sort of personal biz take him off into the weeds.

Webb is a brilliant wild ma... (Below threshold)
kim:

Webb is a brilliant wild man who will shoot himself in the foot with something that will make maccaca paleface in comparison.
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