If there was ever a case of being careful what one wishes for, Nancy Pelosi’s most recent victory in the House is it. The vote to provide funds for the war in Iraq on condition that the troops withdraw no later than August 2008, was described as a “triumph” by the Times of London. Far from it.
The vote could wind up being a disaster for the Democrats — many of whose votes had to be purchased with subsidies for peanut storage ($74 million), dairy supports ($283 million), gifts to spinach farmers ($25 million), as well as money for new offices for members of Congress. So much for having the courage of convictions.
In the first place, it’s unlikely that this bill will get through the Senate. But even if it does, (and Senate Republicans would be wise to forego a fillibuster and let the bill pass on a party-line vote), it seems certain that the President will veto it. At that point, the bill will go back to Congress, which does not have the two-thirds necessary to override the veto.
The President will then simply declare that Congress is keeping money from the troops. And, he will be right. The Democrats will have to give in under enormous public pressure. The war will be funded without timetables and without “benchmarks.”
A few more “triumphs” like this, Nancy Pelosi’s reign as speaker may be short-lived indeed.
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