Analysis of First House Vote On Iraq Withdrawal
by Chris Bowers, Fri May 27, 2005 at 02:44:02 PM EDT
Progressives: 92.2% (47 of 51 voted in favor)
Non-aligned: 63.3% (57 of 90 voted in favor)
DLC: 35.9% (14 of 39 voted in favor)
Blue Dogs: 14.3% (5 of 35 voted in favor)
Republicans: 2.2% (5 of 232 voted in favor)
There is clearly a gaping divide in the Democratic Party over Iraq. While the non-aligned Democrats are, as usual, almost precisely between the DLC and the Progressives, the difference between the DLCers and the Progressives is much, much larger than normal. While my last update on Congressional voting loyalty showed only a 16.6% gap between the two groups, here we see a galactic 56.3% divide. When it comes to withdrawal, these two Democratic groups are actually more dissimilar than similar. Further, the Blue Dogs are actually closer o the Republicans than the DLC. Iraq policy remains the ultimate wedge within the Democratic Party.
I should point out that the twenty-seven members of the DLC who are not also members of the Blue Dogs actually voted slightly in favor of withdrawal. Fourteen of those twenty-seven voted Yes, twelve voted No, and one did not vote. Also, Nancy Pelosi was one of the four Progressives who voted No. When the majority lacks the support of the leadership, disunity of this sort is to be expected.