November 18, 2005


House GOP Seeks Quick Vote on Iraq Pullout (LIZ SIDOTI, 11/18/05, Associated Press)

House Republicans sought a showdown Friday with Democrats on a proposal by one of their most senior members to force an end to the U.S. deployment of troops in Iraq.

Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., offered the resolution demanding a pullout. The GOP-run House was expected to reject it _ and make a prominent statement about where Congress stands on Iraq _ as the chamber scurried toward a Thanksgiving break.

"We'll let the members debate it and then let them vote on it," said Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., the acting majority leader.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office had no immediate comment.

Which is why the modern Democrats never offer any ideas of their own--they don't want to be held accountable for them to the voters.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 18, 2005 5:23 PM

This might settle Delay's fate too. If Blunt pulls this off, his job may become permanent.

Posted by: erp at November 18, 2005 6:12 PM

Pelosi has just sounded the bugle call for her troops to retreat. She really does blow.

Posted by: ghostcat at November 18, 2005 6:20 PM

It's nice that conservatives can be so bucked up by a meaningless symbolic vote, after being so disheartened by another meaningless symbolic one. There's something to be said for consistency.

I must say, though, this was a particularly deft and entertaining stroke.

Posted by: Timothy at November 18, 2005 6:34 PM

" the chamber scurried toward a Thanksgiving break."

When the Dems controlled the place for half a century, did the press every use the word "scurry" to describe the place?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 18, 2005 6:37 PM

Timothy -

In the run-up to the 2004 election, Joshua Micah Marshall ... in a moment of extraordinary candor ... opined that Liberals will always cut and run at the first sight of blood. The House Dems have just validated that assessment two days in a row.

Posted by: ghostcat at November 18, 2005 6:41 PM

Well, the Dems can always fall back and choose Dennis Kucinich to be Minority Leader.

As for Murtha, perhaps he feels the call of a legacy after so many years in Congress. But he chose the wrong side.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 18, 2005 10:34 PM

The fact that so many reports came out in the hours after Murtha's Thursday statement about his anti-Iraq war comments made during the 2004 election, and his comments questioning any conflict at all in Iraq in 2002, may have made the House GOP a little bolder today. While those remarks received virtually no play at all at the big media outlets, they were all over the Internet and showed this wasn't some major bombshell of a stauch Iraq war supporter suddenly doing an about-face, which was how Murtha was being spun in most of the reports.

Knowing that meant that this was just a tactical move by the Democrats, and not something that should knock the GOP back on its heels. Coming back with the "out now" resolution they did may make the Republicans seem cynical to some, but it's an appropriate response to the Democrats trotting out one of their war veterans to act as if he's had a sudden change of heart.

Posted by: John at November 18, 2005 11:29 PM