What's Your Favorite Veto Strategy?

So, there's been a great deal of conversation about what Democrats should do after the President vetoes the supplemental spending bill passed by Congress. Chris and Matt have articulated some interesting ideas, and Sirota has come up with his own strategy. I'd like to continue the conversation by giving us another forum in which members can offer up their idea of a veto strategy.

My own favorite strategy involves a two-front attack. First, keep the political heat on the administration, especially with the Gonzalez scandal. If we keep the pressure on and force Gonzalez out, this will weaken the President politically with his own party. This will help us with the votes we'll need. We need to keep finding the weak spots and hitting them hard.

Secondly, when we send the supplemental back to the President, we should go ahead and take the "timeline" stuff out, calling the President's bluff. We'll keep the troop training requirements, however, and tighten them so that there's no wiggle room. This would still effectively end the war, since there's no way they can properly train and equip the soldiers and still continue the war. We should be able to keep all of our votes, though we still need to whip hard.

If the President vetoes again, we've got to dig in - the polls are on our side. But we can't just rest on our laurels, it will take an all-out media blitz, with strong message discipline. We need to drill it into the heads of every American that the President is fighting to continue the war and is opposing the Democrats' plan to fund and train the troops. Roll out all of our vets.

I'd like everyone's thoughts on this strategy and offer up your own.

Tags: Congress, Iraq, strategy, supplemental, Veto (all tags)



Re: What's Your Favorite Veto Strategy?

You've got to have a media relations element to it, too.  Run ads nationwide saying what's in the bill and say, "This is what President Bush vetoed."  You could even tailor them and also have them say, to use my "representatives" for example, "This is what Congressman Gingrey and Senators Isakson and Chambliss voted against."

by TheUnknown285 2007-03-29 06:14AM | 0 recs
One important thing

Tell Bush that you have rescheduled this for August.

Get out in public, and state clearly: "If this is vetoed, no replacement bill will be considered until August 15.  If Bush vetoes this, he will need to find the money.  Republican mismanagement in the 109th Congress has necessitated a very tight calendar, and we will have no time for 6 months for Presidents who will not provide money for the troops in the field."

by dataguy 2007-03-29 07:20AM | 0 recs
Re: What's Your Favorite Veto Strategy?

Try to test Bush by passing other spending bills. If he doesn't want to compromise on those, push an omnious budget bill and force him to sign the measure in that sort of bill. Otherwise forget about it, we don't have the votes. Gingrich and Lott were quite successful in putting things that couldn't get a president's signature on its own merit put in the omnious budget bill.

by olawakandi 2007-03-29 08:45AM | 0 recs


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