April 26, 2007


Senate OKs Bill Containing Iraq Timeline (ANNE FLAHERTY, April 26, 2007, Associated Press)

The 51-46 vote was largely along party lines, and like House passage of the same bill a day earlier, fell far short of the two-thirds margin needed to overturn the president's threatened veto. Nevertheless, the legislation is the first binding challenge on the war that Democrats have managed to send to Bush since they reclaimed control of both houses of Congress in January.

It's about as binding as Ted Kennedy's seat belt.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 26, 2007 12:49 PM

"Republicans Gordon Smith of Oregon and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska sided with 48 Democrats and Independent Bernard Sanders in supporting the bill. No Democrats joined the 45 Republicans in voting against it. Missing from the vote were GOP Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, both staunch advocates of the president's Iraq policy.

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., sided with Republicans in opposing the bill."

Is Sen. Hagel no longer under the illusion he might be a viable Presidential candidate, at least on the GOP side?

Posted by: Rick T. at April 26, 2007 2:35 PM

Let's see if Lieberman pulls the trigger and sides with the Dems now. The problem might be that Lieberman knows there are other GOPers that might flip Dem (Hagel, Smith, Collins, Snowe) and effectively offset his move.

Posted by: AWW at April 26, 2007 2:38 PM

Lieberman will never change sides, he has a lefty wife, lefty kids, and Democratic-leaning voters he has to win over. He can be friendlier to Republicans as an independent than he could as a Republican.

Posted by: pj at April 26, 2007 3:50 PM

He just demonstrated he can win CT in any party and his wife is as much a social climber as he. She'd switch just for the shot at Sec Def.

Posted by: at April 26, 2007 4:41 PM

PJ - he doesn't have to become an R, he can stay an I but declare he will caucus with the GOP instead of the Dems (reverse Jeffords). But I fear that you are right that even after all his talk he won't make a move. Remember Monicagate where he gave a very anti-Clinton speech but then supported Clinton in the actual vote.

Posted by: AWW at April 26, 2007 6:55 PM
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