Excuses, Excuses

Damn Dems:

Democrats said they did not relish the prospect of leaving Washington for a Memorial Day break — the second recess since the financing fight began — and leaving themselves vulnerable to White House attacks that they were again on vacation while the troops were wanting. That criticism seemed more politically threatening to them than the anger Democrats knew they would draw from the left by bowing to Mr. Bush.

Just a polite suggestion: Perhaps the Democrats should have considered, then, staying in Washington and not going on vacation. Because, you know, it would have been pretty tough for the Commander Guy to give them shit about it from Crawford if they’re still in D.C.

But, hey, I can understand why they didn’t want to give up their holiday, since staying on the job would have prevented them from marking with a solemn barbecue the national day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. What a slap in the face it would have been to fallen soldiers if the Dems had instead stayed in D.C. and tried to prevent more joining their ranks.

Some lawmakers favored sending Mr. Bush another bill with a timetable for withdrawal and risking a second veto, the senior Democrats said. But they said they had questioned whether such a measure could pass the Senate a second time, raising the possibility that Congress would be left sitting on the bill and carrying the blame.

“It would have stayed at this end of Pennsylvania Avenue,” Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said of a second timeline measure.

The real issue here is that the Democrats don’t really want the responsibility of ending the war, because they fear Iraq is going to descend into chaos and they’re going to be blamed for it, rather than the shithead-in-chief who started the thing, mismanaged the thing, and blew it from every conceivable angle. And that’s a legitimate fear—because, well, the media sucks, the Republicans are better at spin, and that’s exactly how they’ll spin it when that scenario inevitably happens. The entire catastrophic fuck-up that preceded the Dems’ ending of the war will be all but forgotten, and so the Dems are trying to wrangle a way to pressure Bush into ending the war, so they can take responsibility for forcing the issue while not burdening themselves with the imminent disaster that results.

Thing is, Bush is a stubborn asshole, and he won’t ever play that game. And his party’s a bunch of disingenuous, politicking twits who wouldn’t do the right thing even if a lobbyist promised a golf vacation in Scotland as part of the deal. So what the Dems want—the ability to pressure Bush into ending the war, so they are credited with ending our involvement but not whatever comes after—they can’t have. That’s about the long and the short of it.

And while I did not support their sending the exact same bill over and over and over, I did absolutely support what their plan seemed to be, which was to send versions of the same bill over and over and over, until it became glaringly apparent to anyone paying even the slightest bit of attention that the problem was Bush. 100% Bush. All Bush all the time. Bush Bush Bush.

But they didn’t do that. And that’s where they failed.

So now it really isn’t just Bush anymore.

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27 responses to “Excuses, Excuses

  1. Hey, can’t have a Memorial Day without dead soldiers, right?

  2. Chief

    Well done, Melissa. How can any member of Congress or the Bush administration go on any kind of a vacation while the troops get extended to 15 month tours in that sand pit?

  3. Rahm Emanuel: time to get rid of THAT fucher.

    Perhaps Pelosi and Reid are trying to generate a shitstorm that will carry the house and senate in the direction we all want. (just a thought, I woke up so depressed it seemed like November 2004 all over again)

  4. Mental Cramps

    I hope that one day the people of this country will wake up and realize the Repubs and Dems are born of the same slime; just opposite sides of the same coin. They will do anything, say anything to get elected or garner more power.

    You can bet they would have all stayed their asses in DC on Memorial day if it was the only day the could’ve voted themselves in a new pay-raise, or improved their outrageous “Medical Plan-for-life”.

  5. Look, Cramps–criticize the Dems all you want for this particular decision. It’s a bad one and they deserve it, though I think some of the criticism (at other sites) comes out of naivete. But it’s stupid to say that the Republicans and Democrats are opposite sides of the same coin.

    Do you really imagine that Bush gets carte blanche to go into Iraq with a Democratic Speaker in 2002? Do you imagine we’re even in a war in Iraq with President Gore? Are we still in a war with President Kerry? And that doesn’t even begin to deal with issues on the environment, social justice, fair trade or a thousand other problems.

    The Democrats aren’t perfect, but thank god(s) they’re not the Republicans.

  6. The Democrats aren’t perfect, but thank god(s) they’re not the Republicans.

    Right. How many war bills did Bush have to veto when the GOP was the Congressional majority again…?

    Just because we’re (rightfully) disappointed in the Dems doesn’t excuse trumpeting the old “there’s no difference between the parties” canard, which has been proven so patently false the last six years that it’s incomprehensible to me anyone would yet deliver it with a straight face.

  7. Mental Cramps

    Sorry. I despise them all.

  8. Peanutcat

    Couldn’t they, like, y’know, hold picnic or something on the White House lawn?

  9. President Gore, not take us into Iraq, sure. President Kerry? End the war once it started? Eh.. Maybe.

  10. one of the greatest apache chiefs, taza, came back from a raid on the mexicans that had turned out badly. they came back without anything except the bodies of their dead. taza said nothing. he got off of his horse and went to his lodge. he came out with a shovel and began to dig a grave. then he brought a body to the grave. filled it. and began to dig another grave. he did that over twenty times. then he went back to his lodge. he gave every possession he owned to the families of the dead. then he went into the hills with a holy man and sat there in silence, refusing food and water. on the third day of his fast the wife of one of the dead brought him a meal. only then, would taza eat. some of the families tried to return the things that taza had given them, he would always refuse that and would only accept things that had never been his before. he never again proposed anything in council or took a position for or against issues before the people. he would only do what he was told to do by the councils.

    taza achieved greatness through simple acts of humanity. things that are far beyond the ken and reach of our current leaders.

  11. Sorry. I despise them all.

    And there are days they are worth despising, but they’re worth despising for different reasons. I might be pissed at the Democrats for not doing enough on this, but I’m more pissed at the Republicans for putting party over country when Bush vetoed the damn bill in the first place. Those two situations require different moral responses, and to equate them is myopic.

  12. President Gore, not take us into Iraq, sure. President Kerry? End the war once it started? Eh.. Maybe.

    I have to imagine that a President Kerry, if faced with a bill that had timetables in it, would not veto said bill, because he’d likely face hanging from his own party.

  13. Mental Cramps

    Come to think of it….what have the “movers & the shakers” (pun intended), in the oh-so-different Democratic Party been saying about the permanent military bases in Iraq that they are building or have already been built? Can’t they cut off the funds to build the PERMANENT bases? Would the majority of Americans approve of that cut in funding? Do they even know about them?

    If any Democrat has addressed this, I apologize; I just missed it.

    See for yourself:

    http://www.motherjones.com/news/outfront/2005/03/enduring_bases_iraq.html

    And you can Google up tons more info for yourself. We ain’t going anywhere. Not anytime soon, anyway.

  14. nightshift66

    The GOP is the mugger who preys on the elderly and the weak. The Dems are the strong, able-bodied bystanders who watch it happen and do nothing but tsk-tsk. Both reprehensible, but one is clearly more morally degenerate than the other.

  15. Arkades

    And there are days they are worth despising, but they’re worth despising for different reasons. I might be pissed at the Democrats for not doing enough on this, but I’m more pissed at the Republicans for putting party over country when Bush vetoed the damn bill in the first place.

    Not to mention the fact that the damn veto could be overridden with enough Republican congressional support. That is, if they could bring themselves to put principle ahead of partisanship long enough to do right by the troops and the American public.

    The Dems seem to have decided a bad funding bill is better than no funding bill at all. That’s not the call I would have made, and I think they should have played hardball and waited to see whether Bush would, in fact, hold his breath until he turned blue. But I can still respect the fact that at least one party is trying to behave like responsible grown-ups now and then.

  16. Mental Cramps

    Well, Incertus, I guess it’s just the Republican’s turn to “put party over country”. You think the Dems won’t do the same? See: Vietnam.

    The Dems got us in, a Repub got us out. We lost almost 60,000 in that one.

  17. Are we still in a war with President Kerry? I, too, doubt that this is a given. Though, I’m sure Kerry would be more willing to work toward some sort of conclusion than fucking Bush.

    Re the Dems/Repub debate above, let’s just say the Democrats aren’t as different as they are often said to be, or hoped to be, by some. And here they had an opportunity to prove that wrong and fucked up, almost as badly as in the run up to war when they let Junior have his invasion.

  18. Mental Cramps

    Moral degenerates running our country and our lives. But, one camp isn’t quite as morally degenerate as the other.

    Yeah, I suppose I could agree with that synopsis, nightshift66.

  19. Could you imagine the whining if Reid and Pelosi kept Congress in session over the Memorial Day weekend? It was loud enough when the Democrats instituted full work weeks.

  20. Paen

    It wasn’t politicians who ended the war in Veit
    Nam,it was hordes of ordinary people who took to the streets and if we want to end this war we have to do the same.

  21. See: Vietnam.

    The Dems got us in, a Repub got us out. We lost almost 60,000 in that one.

    Last I checked, Ike got us into Vietnam, and he was a Republican. Kennedy and LBJ escalated it, and certainly deserve criticism for that, but so did Nixon before he was forced to pull back by a Democratic Congress that started to defund the war. But hey, never let a thing like history get in the way of a good rant, right?

  22. burnt toast

    “It wasn’t politicians who ended the war in Veit Nam,it was hordes of ordinary people who took to the streets and if we want to end this war we have to do the same.”

    thank you… it certainly wasn’t the Republocrat Party… cue real time.

  23. My rep voted against the capitulation to the asshole bill. Yay?

    Sheesh. How dry can their freaking powder get?!?!

  24. minstrel boy, that’s an incredible story.

    I don’t think any white American political leader has ever approached the integrity, courage, honesty, honor and leadership shown by many Indian leaders, Taza prominent among them. Geronimo. Cochise (Taza’s father?). Joseph of the Nez Perce. Sitting Bull. Osceola. And many others who remain nameless now because their people and cultures were so utterly wiped out.

    Would that it had all played out differently.

  25. Anonymous

    What a slap in the face it would have been to fallen soldiers if the Dems had instead stayed in D.C. and tried to prevent more joining their ranks.

    Damn straight

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