Senate Votes To...Condemn An Ad?
by Todd Beeton, Thu Sep 20, 2007 at 09:50:06 AM EDT
Today, the toothless, useless sense of the senate resolution introduced by Republicans condemning the MoveOn.org "General Petraeus or General Betray Us" ad passed 72-25. This is depressing for so many reasons. From TPM:
Roughly half the Democrats in the Senate supported it.
A couple of the more interesting votes: Jim Webb, who just yesterday was a Netroots hero, voted for it, even though the last thing he needs as a military guy is cover on something like this.
First Read has some of the text of the resolution:
"...strongly condemns any effort to attack the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and all the member of the United States Armed Forces; and to specifically repudiate the unwarranted personal attack on General Petraeus by the liberal activist group Moveon.org."
In the meantime, an alternate resolution introduced by Barbara Boxer that would have condemned MoveOn but also the GOP for attacking war heroes Max Cleland in 2002 and John Kerry in 2004 failed (and by failed, I mean got a majority of votes) 51-46.
Looks like it was initially going to be a close vote but as it became clear that it would pass, some weak-kneed Democrats flipped to opposing it. Makes you wonder who exactly is running the show here.
Roll call is HERE. Democrats voting Yea:
Those not voting:
As truthteller2007 notes in the comments, from Bowers:
Consdering that Obama voted on the Boxer amendment to the "we hate political speech from our allies" resolution, it seems quite telling that he didn't vote on this, only one hour later.
Would love to hear an explanation of that one, Senator Obama.