Dems plan to reintroduce the draft? WTF!
by skeptic06, Sun Nov 19, 2006 at 11:21:52 AM EST
I jest not:
A senior House Democrat said Sunday he will introduce legislation to reinstate the military draft...
Charlie Rangel, that is. Presumptive Ways and Means chairman in the 110th. Chatting to Bob Schieffer today.
One senses his proposal (not the first time he's made it - there was HR 4752 in the 109th for a start) is intended merely to demonstrate the gross overstretch of US forces under the current regime.
For instance, he told Schieffer
There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way.
Now, this is the sort of thing that minorities spend their time on, in the almost certain knowledge that they can do pretty much nothing about the topic in hand.
But, lo! The Dems' Fairy Godmother has paid a visit - and they're not going to be the minority for much longer.
Fast forward to the second week of the 110th. The first and famous 100 hours are over, and Rangel tosses his draft bill into the hopper.
A Senior Dem, chairing one of the most important committees, leading light of the CBC - and he puts in a bill to reinstate the draft.
Presumably he's cleared it with Nancy first. Or perhaps not.
So - unlike his effort earlier this year, Rangel will be looking to get his bill onto the floor in 2007, surely.
So he'll need a rule - from Slaughter's Rules Committee. He wouldn't put the bill in without knowing he was going to get a rule - and a rule favorable to the bill's early passage, to boot - from Slaughter's committee. Would he?
Now, according to an AP piece on Rangel's performance today,
Repeated polls have shown that about seven in 10 Americans oppose reinstatement of the draft and officials say they do not expect to restart conscription.
Why should the Dems, returned to Congressional control after 12 years, take an early opportunity to poke 7 out of 10 Americans in the eye is something of a puzzle.
Ergo, they don't. Rangel's draft bill is a charade. To make a serious - as opposed to a merely rhetorical - effort to reimpose the draft would be proof of rampant Dem insanity. (And, following Hoyer/Murtha and Harman/Hastings, that's a touchy subject!)
Will the average voter be confused? Write it all off as a Beltway game? Take it at face value and become seriously alarmed?
I sense that this is another sign that, whilst the electoral side of the Dems' operation has hit its winning stride, some elements of the governing side may not quite be ready for prime time.