October 1, 2007

OTHER THAN THAT, HOW DID YOU ENJOY THE CANOE TRIP, MR. REID?:

Senate passes mammoth 648 billion defense bill (AFP, 10/02/07)

The US Senate Monday passed a mammoth 648 billion dollar defense policy bill, shorn of attempts by disappointed anti-war Democrats to dictate President George W. Bush's Iraq strategy.

The bill included around 128 billion dollars for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate.

The legislation passed by 92 votes to three after Democrats lost several attempts to dictate US troop levels in Iraq.


Who won the midterm?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 1, 2007 11:23 PM
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Who won the midterm? George Bush. He went from a slim majority in Congress to a large minority. With the slim majority he had to bend over backwards and then twist like a corkscrew to keep everyone of the Republican prima donnas happy, no matter how bloated the earmarks or how stupid the legislation. With a large minority it is the democrats who now have to keep each and everyone of their prima donnas and interest groups happy and in line. George Bush doesn't have to do that. The Republican minority will more or less hold together in order to stick a finger in the Democrats' eye; all Bush has to do is peel off a few disaffected Democrats in either house and the Democratic leadership is in a quandry. How do they meet all of their promises when they can't get them through the Congress and those that do make it are vetoed, and they can't override the vetos? How do they explain all of this to their netroots base, a base that wants blood, and is starting to not care whether that blood is 'R' or 'D'?

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 2, 2007 8:37 AM

Another silver lining in the otherwise dark cloud of the 2006 mid-term elections is the fact that it shuts up all those liberals saying that chimpy runs all the branches of government.

Posted by: pchuck at October 2, 2007 11:56 AM
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