Friday, September 21, 2007

When Losers Keep Losing

The Democrats continue to open the door into their own faces.

Here's a tip, guys. It's time to MoveOn.

US Senate Democrats lose on Iraq pullout plan
Frustrated U.S. Senate Democrats failed on Friday to force a troop pullout from Iraq, losing ground from an earlier vote and capping a series of defeats that reinforced the chamber's divide over the war.

The proposal's sponsors said they would spend the weekend crafting a compromise to try to attract more support, and denied they were wasting the Senate's time.

"We're not going to be discouraged," Michigan Democratic Sen. Carl Levin said. "There's no better use of the Senate's time than to try to change the direction in Iraq."

The Senate voted 47 to 47 on a plan by Levin and Rhode Island Democrat Jack Reed to require most U.S. troops to leave Iraq within nine months of the bill's enactment. That was far short of the 60-vote threshold needed to clear a Senate procedural hurdle and bring the bill to a final vote.

The loss was one of a string of Democratic defeats on the war this week. A Democratic proposal for a war funding cutoff was rejected on Thursday, and a plan to give U.S. troops more leave between deployments also failed amid criticism it would limit the military's ability to maintain force levels.

War opponents in the Senate have endured similar setbacks all year, but had hoped more Republicans would break with President George W. Bush this fall and embrace timelines for bringing U.S. troops home, or at least back other plans that challenged strategy in the unpopular war.

But the Republican minority in the closely divided Senate felt bolstered by a recent report from Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Iraq, who said some progress was being made.
They'll never get it.

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