Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina called it during the senate debate when he stated that the Saturday afternoon charade was “political theater.” Yes, it was purely political theater: a bad production with no redeeming qualities, and terrible reviews. The debate even had bad actors, including Uncle Teddy Kennedy taking the leading role. Kennedy, a stalwart of senate elitism, seems to believe that the United States congress should have its role reduced to offering commentary on the decisions of the President.
Senator Mitch McConnell must be vigilant in defending against Harry Reid’s political stunts. Reid sees himself as a Broadway producer who should stage more theaterical tricks over the next two years. The shrill voices of Kennedy, Schumer, Reid, Boxer, and others will begin to ear on the American voter. The voters can always smell a fraud a mile away.
The drive-by news media will not accurately report this story. The republicans were more than willing to let the democrats have their meaningless vote, if there could be one meaningful vote on funding the troops and the mission.
In a rare Saturday session, Senate Republicans blocked Democrats from debating a House-approved resolution rejecting President Bush’s plan to send another 21,500 combat troops into Iraq.
Republicans united largely behind Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and refused to allow the measure to be considered unless they could offer an alternative declaring that funding for military personnel in Iraq would not be cut.
The vote on a cloture motion filed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was 56 to 34, four short of the 60 votes needed to begin debate.
Seven Republicans voted with the Democrats: Sens. John Warner of Virginia, Norm Coleman of Minnesota, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, Gordon Smith of Oregon and Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, both of Maine.
Only Coleman and Collins had previously sided with the Democrats in an earlier bid to start Senate debate an Iraq resolution that would certainly have led to a rebuke of the president’s strategy.
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., joined the GOP filibuster Saturday and voted against cloture.
Republican Sens. Bob Bennett of Utah, Kit Bond of Missouri, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Bob Corker of Tennessee, John Ensign of Nevada, Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, Jon Kyl of Arizona, John McCain of Arizona (read more here) and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska did not vote.