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7 GOP Senators Back War Debate

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Posted on Feb 8, 2007

Washington Post:

Senate Republicans who earlier this week helped block deliberations on a resolution opposing President Bush’s new troop deployments in Iraq changed course yesterday and vowed to use every tactic at their disposal to ensure a full and open debate.

In a letter distributed yesterday evening to Senate leaders, John W. Warner (Va.), Chuck Hagel (Neb.) and five other GOP supporters of the resolution threatened to attach their measure to any bill sent to the floor in the coming weeks. Noting that the war is the “most pressing issue of our time,” the senators declared: “We will explore all of our options under the Senate procedures and practices to ensure a full and open debate.”

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By Bert, February 8, 2007 at 7:32 pm Link to this comment
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Debate’s very good, but it’s also kind of academic. One question that’s been asked is when Congress is going to re-assert their authority, a la War Powers Act, as is their role in the whole checks-and-balances thing. I think we’re a couple points closer to the mark, as it were, having a Democrat-led Congress, to give a strong and audible counter-voice to this administration. The ‘loyal opposition’ has the function of applying some critical thinking and counter-points to whatever rhetorical momentum that might be manifest, and the hope is to distill all of that down, and make the best possible decisions, rather than just having a body that rubber-stamps whatever flies across their table. The GOP ended up selling their credibility as a political body having any kind of integrity in matters financial, and the fiasco that is Iraq is a national embarassment.

Bush rates as ‘worst president ever’, in some peoples’ minds, and Pelosi and company definitely have their work cut out for them. Meanwhile, the interest counts up on the national debt, and the lights move to a new ring of the circus…next act, the dancing bears…

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By Quy Tran, February 8, 2007 at 6:46 pm Link to this comment
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They need more blood to replace whiskey !

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By dick, February 8, 2007 at 4:43 pm Link to this comment
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All posturing and no substance is what we should expect.

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By george S Semsel, February 8, 2007 at 4:13 pm Link to this comment
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Why should anyone believe the sincerity of these guys? They have already proven themselves hypocrites. They want debate about as much as does their glorious leader. What a laugh!

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By George S Semsel, February 8, 2007 at 3:17 pm Link to this comment
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Gee! Now that with their avid help their colleagues have shot down debate, a bunch of our beloved yahoos say they want it. I’m so deeply impressed I may change parties.

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