John 'Jimmy' Duncan
Chris Van Hollen
Henry Johnson Jr.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
So besides being U.S. Representatives, what do these people have in common? They all voted for a nonbinding resolution this afternoon:
I'm definitely no political expert. It may be common for Congress to pass such nonbinding resolutions before voting on actual binding legislation. But what it tells me is that these 246 people are candidates for spine transplants.
This measure expresses the House's disagreement with President Bush's planned troop buildup in Iraq. The nonbinding resolution pledges support for U.S. personnel serving “bravely and honorably in Iraq”' but says Congress “disapproves”' of the president’s plan to add more than 20,000 combat troops.
While the 95-word resolution has no legal weight to force the president to change his course in Iraq, it marks a first key showdown between the White House and the new Congress controlled by Democrats.
I actually read an article that claimed that debate over funding of the war "would have been unthinkable even six months ago." Really? Six months ago puts us back in the middle of August of last year, as campaigns for the mid-term elections were heating up. I remember being repeatedly told that those elections would be a "referendum on the war." It took me all of five seconds to find this article from August 8 that used that exact phrase.
After the elections were over, I was told that "the people had spoken." They were against the war. Our troops would be coming home soon. So 3 months after the elections, and a month after Democrats took control of Congress, we get this? Whatever happened to standing up for your convictions? Um, never mind. I forgot for a moment that I was writing about politicians. It will be interesting to see if any of these jellyfish vote to cut funding and actually end the war, as they promised in their campaigns, or if this is just more political posturing so they can say, "We're against the war," while still bashing the President as the war continues.