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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Political Games

For those that do not think that the latest idiocy surrounding the highly touted (on the left, anyway) emergency war funding bill that just passed the house and the senate was just a political game being played with our troops funding just has to look at this next article to prove our point. (Hat Tip to Kathywms from Victory Caucus)

Democrats Turn to GOP on New Iraq Bill....BEFORE it is even vetoed.

Democratic leaders are turning to Republicans to help them pass a new Iraq war spending bill that President Bush won't veto - unlike the one Congress will send him next week with a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops.

Bush repeated his promise Friday to veto the war spending bill and any such measure with a pullout date, even as Democrats renewed their calls for the president to sign the $124.2 billion bill.

"If the Congress wants to test my will as to whether or not I'll accept the timetable for withdrawal, I won't accept one," Bush declared.

At the same time, both sides were laying the groundwork for a high-stakes, post-veto negotiation. The president invited Democrats and Republicans to the White House next Wednesday to talk about it, and leaders in both parties said they would attend.

Democrats were already looking for ways to draw Republican support for a new spending measure, knowing they would need GOP votes to pass any bill that Bush would sign. However, a move to water down the withdrawal language is virtually certain to cost them the votes of liberal Democrats who have been uneasy about supporting any war funding.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has talked to Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the minority leader, about how to move forward. Senior House leadership aides have held "very preliminary" discussions with White House staffers about post-veto negotiations, although House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has not yet reached out to GOP leaders on the issue, one official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the talks were not public.

Still, as they hunted for the votes to pass their Iraq bill earlier this week, Democratic leaders were quietly reaching out to some moderate Republicans on a backup plan. They would need GOP votes to pass a new war funding measure once Bush executed his veto, Democrats told the Republicans, and they wanted to start assembling a bipartisan group that could write one.

I have said a hundred times and I will keep saying it, what an incredible waste of time to pass a bill that you KNOW will be vetoed just to "send a message" and to pander to your far left base, the whole time delaying funds that our troops need.

Politics is more important to the Democrats than our soldiers lives, their letters, their emails and their words.

They can claim to be as patriotic as they want, but I will not believe them until they start putting our soldiers lives BEFORE their own careers.