Today the Senate passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Bush administration to provide the Congress with progress reports in Iraq. The vote was 79 to 19, pretty definitive.
The right whines and the left spins.
The Democrats lost their vote to call for a timetable for running away. For a bunch of people who love to talk about how every vote counts, the millions of Iraqis voting does not seem to impress them.
However, I do think we have become so partisan that any attempt at compromise is seen as defeat.
The Democrats got shot down and the military gets the resources its needs and yet the GOP is not happy because the Congress will be interjecting itself into the war...as if it is not there already.
The pundits say it reflects weakness and of course the left will be more than happy to spin it that way.
I think it will give the administration the oppurtunity to make public progress reports on the good news from Iraq. Someone other than the media and a lot of hyper bloggers will be making a public case here.
Perhaps we should also realize that however deeply irresponsible the Democrats behavior may be in regards to the war, the Republicans are going to have to deal with them.
Time and again the right gains power only to lose it through infighting and self destructive hissy fits such as the public flogging of Bush for nominating Harriet Miers. If not the hysteria over judges there is the constant complaining from libertarians that they are just going to go home and sulk if the worthless Congress does not say how high when they say jump.
Grow up people..we have a war to fight and an enemy who would like nothing better than to see Hillary Clinton or John Kerry as president.
I hope the Bush administration takes that vote today and makes some lemonade with it.
And we have to realize that people are tired of bad news. They want something positive to happen and until they hear more good news, they are going to blame the man in charge: George Bush. He has been too nice for too long. He should have started fighting back a long time ago.
I want George Bush to come out swinging and it would be nice if the same people who expect so much from him could be a help rather than a hindrance.