The Senate voted against (56-34, with 7 Republicans waving their coward flags) a non-binding resolution again, today. It means nothing, and means everything. Its good that the resolution failed to move onto the next step, but the damage still has been done.
The Dem’s still claim victory, as they should. Because they succeeded without ever needing to get all 60 votes, since their entire purpose was to send the message that America is splintered. Loud and clear, traitors.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid puts it ever so bluntly:
“Today, a bipartisan majority of the United States Senate voted against the President’s flawed plan to escalate the war. The Senate joined the House of Representatives, put itself on the record, and told the President that America needs a new direction in Iraq. As for the Republicans who chose once again to block further debate and protect President Bush, the American people now know they support the escalation.
“Today’s vote against the escalation is not the end of this Iraq debate in the Senate. This war is too important to permit Senate Republicans to brush it aside. The Bush Administration’s failures have put our troops and America in a deep hole, and it is time for this country and this Congress to climb out. The Republican Leadership can run from this debate, but they can’t hide. The Senate will keep fighting to force President Bush to change course.”
And he’s right. They’re already moving forward, torches and pitchforks in hand, to attempt to de-fund the war:
With those symbolic gestures now in the past, Congress turns toward challenging the funding for the war in Iraq.
Both the Senate and House this week will tackle Bush’s request for $93 billion for the military, and lawmakers are already warning they try to tie Bush’s hands.
Hang on to your butts, its gonna be a bumpy ride.