Only Four Senate Democrats Oppose Timetable for Iraq
by Chris Bowers, Tue Nov 15, 2005 at 02:35:54 PM EST
Warner said the Senate resolution was to declare to Iraqis, "We mean business, we have done our share, now the challenge is up to you."
Senators defeated the Democrats' resolution 58-40 before backing the other.Remember how we have often heard about how congressional Democrats are divided on withdrawal from Iraq? Well, we are divided no more. The amendment Senator Feingold stopped by to tell us about was opposed by only four Senate Democrats: Lieberman, the two Nelsons, and Mark Pryor. Shame on them, but I'm not really sure how much we need them in this case.
The key difference between the Democratic and the Republican resolutions must be emphasized: nearly the entire party is on record supporting a flexible timetable in Iraq, and the entire Republican caucus is on record opposing it. Democrats are in favor of withdrawal, Republicans are opposed to it. Now, demanding a timetable from Bush, even if only a flexible timetable, is officially an issue we can run on in 2006. That is, of course, as long as we have the guts to actually do it, and stop being quiet about Iraq when it comes to our agenda / platform.