Moral Victories And Supporting Our Troops

3 comments September 19th, 2007at 09:34pm Posted by Eli

Not exactly unexpected (at least not by me), but the Republicans blocked bills to restore habeas corpus and the Webb Amendment to guarantee troops as much time out of Iraq as in it. In both cases they got 56 votes in favor, with a handful of Republicans voting with the Democrats, and not-even-pretending-to-be-a-Democrat-anymore Joe Lieberman voting against them.

The ACLU seems to think that just getting a majority of votes to restore habeas is some kind of great victory, but the only real victory would be to, y’know, actually restore habeas. Of course, even if the Democrats had been able to muster 60 votes on either bill, Dubya still would have vetoed, so the best bet really would have been to NEVER HAVE VOTED AGAINST HABEAS IN THE FIRST PLACE. But I digress.

The only positive that I see here, and the reason that trying to bring these bills to a vote is worthwhile, it that the Republicans have to go on record by voting against civil liberties, and voting against the well-being of the troops. If the Democrats are smart, they’ll force them to explain those votes over and over again in 2008 – especially the Webb Amendment, which should be devastating to the hypocrites who blather insincerely about how Democrats undermine our troops while Republicans support them.

The only thing better would be to force the Republicans to actually filibuster. I really can’t think of any good reason not to.

Entry Filed under: Constitution,Democrats,Iraq,Lieberman,Politics,Republicans,Terrorism,War


  • 1. SPIIDERWEB™  |  September 19th, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    A truly sad day.

  • 2. Ruth  |  September 20th, 2007 at 6:43 am

    It’s sad that a party would let itself be used to oppose the public interest, and as Eli says, their death knell.

  • 3. Eli  |  September 20th, 2007 at 7:19 am

    The Republicans could care less about the public interest, although I really don’t understand why they’re so willing to commit electoral suicide.

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