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GOP Sinks Iraq Debate in Senate

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Posted on Feb 18, 2007

Republicans managed once again to block debate on the anti-escalation resolution that continues to stall in the Senate. Democrats had billed the Saturday vote as a referendum on the war and, as Majority Leader Harry Reid rightly pointed out, “A majority of the United States Senate just voted on Iraq, and a majority of the United States Senate is against the escalation in Iraq.”


New York Times:

Seven Republicans split from their party and joined 48 Democrats and one Independent in calling for a debate—five more Republicans than during a similar showdown earlier this month. All but two of the seven face re-election next year.

The Republicans who broke ranks were Senators John W. Warner of Virginia, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, Gordon H. Smith of Oregon, Norm Coleman of Minnesota, and Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins, both of Maine.

Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, the majority leader, said the result showed that Senate sentiment was running against the president.

“A majority of the United States Senate just voted on Iraq, and a majority of the United States Senate is against the escalation in Iraq,” Mr. Reid said as he withdrew the resolution. He and other party leaders said they intended to introduce quickly more substantive proposals on Iraq when the Senate returns from a weeklong break and begins considering legislation to enact recommendations from the bipartisan Sept. 11 commission.

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By Mike's America, February 19, 2007 at 8:50 pm Link to this comment
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Your post once again attempt to mislead the willfully ill-informed.

A vote FOR cloture is a vote to END DEBATE.

Republicans voted to CONTINUE DEBATE.

The commenter above who talks about Goose stepping and stealing elections should look in the mirror.

Sometimes truth isn’t kind.

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By dick, February 19, 2007 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment
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Fellow Truthdigs, we need a new association of millions who feel as we do, but like us, are without influence. I propose a new association, AAWP—American Association of Working People. If this association is well-organized it could, in a few years, have millions of members, and real clout in influencing politics of the nation for the benefit of all. Without an organization of this kind we are the powerless masses and will remain so. One needs only to look at the results of the recent national elections to further confirm this fact. The Congress is interested only in their power,perks, privledges, prestige, and pensions.

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By Jeff Badura, February 19, 2007 at 10:35 am Link to this comment
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The GOP is blocking nothing!! the piece above left out most of the facts about this supposed blockage by the GOP, first of all, the Dem’s in the Senate, were not, and are not, allowing the GOP to put up their resolution too!!  not “in place of” but “also” !! it would speak about the funds for the troops and whether or not said Senator is in favor of cutting off such funds? too put all on record!!  but the Dem’s don’t want to go on record when it counts, they are all spineless feckless poll watchers, who vote for a war, pay for a war, then want to call the war a failure and a lie !!  then the liberal press buys the line, and blames the GOP for blocking a debate!! that the Dem’s are blocking, for they are making the decisions on what comes to floor!! what are the Dem’s afraid of??(they are afraid of you ultra libs going after them when they don’t cut off funds) put the debate on the funds on the floor?? the Dem’s are blocking the debate, so they can keep you libs off there backs, and your guys are taking it hook line and sinker!! good for the GOP!! stand your ground!! it will all wash out in the end, and the Dem’s sooner or later will be counted and you libs will be outraged at them!!  for their vote on a binding resolution!!  that says something!! not this pantywaist feckless resolution the House passed and the senate cannot. but what else do we expect? from a pantywaist party that looks at polls to decide what they believe??  but a pantywaist resolution!!  the Dem’s have no honor or courage !! and they will lose again in 08 because of it!! 

From the SoapBox or Da Illgramaticus KneeOKaun

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By Wayne Smyer, February 19, 2007 at 4:06 am Link to this comment
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“WHAT’S GOOD FOR HALLIBURTON ,IS GOOD FOR AMERIKA”
attributed to F-You Cheney, your truly “vice” war president , with apology to Pogo Possom.
  Lwayno

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By vet240, February 18, 2007 at 9:38 pm Link to this comment
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The Republicans once again have said to the American middle class and a large majority of Americans, “We’re in charge here in Washington.”

Their position should make it clear that they’re still goose stepping behind their leader, or are they pushing him along?

They didn’t steal the election in 2000 just to step aside and let us make the decisions.

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By Joe, February 18, 2007 at 2:40 pm Link to this comment
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Let’s not talk about a republican MAJORITY - we are talking about losing the vote in the senate by only FOUR votes. (Just like Bush didn’t win by a MAJORITY, he won by only 2 percent of the vote). If flip-flop McCain had been there he likely would also have voted against himself - Lord knows where he is on any given day!

Some journalists stressed the only four votes - others, inspired by their usual phony allegiance to the old style neo-republicanism, stressed a great defeat. Next time around the resolution will have some teeth in it - then let’s see how the republicans who have to face the American people as well as the Military vote!

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By Quy Tran, February 18, 2007 at 1:28 pm Link to this comment
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Those guys wanted to knee down then put Bush/Cheney on their heads. They’ve already accepted so many benefits from their masters to continue playing slavery role.

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By GW=MCHammered, February 18, 2007 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment
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May crude-charred-hearts atrophy by any war-for-oil vote.

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By Steve Hammons, February 18, 2007 at 10:09 am Link to this comment
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Many honorable Republicans seem to be gradually changing their views of the Bush administration and the invasion of Iraq.

As more information surfaces about the misdeeds and possibly criminal activities of people in the Bush administration, more Republicans may begin to modify their views.

Of course, some Republican senators (and those in the House) are every bit as corrupt as the Bush administration, the war mongers, war profiteers and neocons.

The public, the media and our military personnel and families will undoubtedly also be evolving in their views in coming weeks.

The key seems to be changing people’s viewpoints, perception and perspective. For more on this, the article below may be helpful:

Iraq War Psychology: Exploring hearts and minds of U.S. officials, press, profiteers

By Steve Hammons
Columnist, PopulistAmerica.com
Populist Party of America
February 15, 2007

http://www.populistamerica.com/iraq_war_psychology

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By Dennis D, February 18, 2007 at 9:54 am Link to this comment
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Once again the demands of the American people have been GOPeed on.

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By Bert, February 18, 2007 at 7:26 am Link to this comment
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Chuck really took em to school on their responsibilities, more of that is the ‘way forward’ as far as I’m concerned…

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By George S Semsel, February 18, 2007 at 6:16 am Link to this comment
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The message is clear: the Republicans fear open debate (on almost anything) and the Democrats are incapable.

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