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February 13, 2003

Please Don't Throw Me in

Please Don't Throw Me in Dat Dere Briar Patch

In a stunning show of political obtuseness, six Democratic house members have filed suit in Boston to prevent George Bush from launching an invasion of Iraq without an explicit declaration of war from Congress.

Now they have to pray that he doesn't do what they seemingly want him to do. George Bush could go before Congress tomorrow and ask for a declaration of war, and have it passed by a substantial majority in both Houses of Congress by the end of the day. Even if no Democrats voted for war, the declaration would pass, and there's just not that many suicidal Democrats.

H.J.Res. 114, "Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq" was passed in the Senate with 77 for and 23 against, and in the House with a 160 vote majority. Does John Conyers really think that the anti-war arguments have gained strength in the days since? Does he really believe that his Democratic associates have suddenly grown the spine necessary to stand opposed as a group to a declaration of war that would pass anyway?

He should be publicly drummed from the party on the grounds of stupidity alone. Nothing good can come of this for the Democrats, and worse things happen if George is feeling his oats one day and decides to go before Congress and demand a war. Let's suppose that he does, and the motion passes with about the same numbers as H.R. 114 did.

For Republicans, nothing much changes. Everyone expected them to vote for the war anyway, but each and every Democrat now has a huge target on his(or her) back. Any Democrat that had the temerity to vote for war is now likely to face a challenger from the crazyleft in the 04 primaries. Any Democrat that voted against the war has inoculated himself in the primaries only to face accusations of being soft on terrorism, if not outright treason, in the general campaign. If the war goes well, they have to run against pictures of jubilant Iraqis released from Saddam's prisons. They'll have to run against the equivalent of Holocaust photos. If the war goes badly, they'll have to run against pictures of dead American soldiers with the words "When I went to war, John Conyers didn't cover me. John Conyers didn't support me. And my parents had to bury me."

Admittedly, if things go amiss in Iraq it's not great for the Republicans, but George will suffer the consequences, not them. A war in Iraq isn't going to be seen as as Republican War, it's going to be seen as George Bush's war.

Just when it looks like the Democratic Party has reached the nadir of its political, it breaks through to a new sub-cellar. At this rate I expect their Presidential candidates will start publicly jockeying for the NAMBLA endorsement by the end of next week.

Posted by Bigwig at February 13, 2003 10:42 PM | TrackBack
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