The House just completed voting, and has approved 246-182 the Democrats' defeatist resolution. This was expected: but the good news is, the 40-60 Republican defectors that the Democrats had been predicting failed to materialize. Only seventeen Republicans voted for the resolution --- and two Democrats broke ranks to vote against it.
First, let us recognize the two Democrats who did the right thing:
Representative Jim Marshall
Representative Gene TaylorPhone: 202-225-5772
And now, the seventeen Republicans who decided today to end their political careers:
Representative James T. Walsh
Phone: 202-225-3701Representative Walter Jones Phone: 202-225-3415
[Email: Rep.james.walsh AT mail.house.gov]
Representative Wayne Gilchrest
Representative Michael Castle
Representative Richard (Ric) Keller
Representative Philip Sheridan English
Representative Ronald Ernest Paul
Representative Frederick Stephen Upton
Representative Thomas M. Davis
Representative Mark Kirk
Representative Howard Coble
Email: howard.coble AT mail.house.gov
Representative John J. Duncan Jr.
Representative James Ramstad
Email: mn03 AT mail.house.gov
Representative Steven C. LaTOURETTE
Representative Robert Inglis
Representative Timothy V. Johnson
Representative Thomas Petri
Senate to vote Saturday
Moving quickly, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, has called a test vote for Saturday on an identical measure, and several presidential contenders in both parties rearranged their weekend campaign schedules to be present. (Watch a change of course in the Senate )
Republicans said in advance they would deny Democrats the 60 votes they need to advance the resolution, adding they would insist on equal treatment for a GOP-drafted alternative that opposes any reduction in funds for the troops. (Full story)
The developments unfolded as a new poll showed more than half those surveyed view the war as a hopeless cause.
A sizeable majority, 63 percent, opposes the decision to dispatch more troops, although support for Bush's decision has risen in the past few weeks from 26 percent to 35 percent, according to the AP-Ipsos poll.
So as we start seeing daily progress, the AP-Ipsos poll is showing that support is rising for Bush's new strategy.Wonder how this backlash is going to hit the Republicans that voted for defeat and the Democrats that have been working for our defeat since well before last November.