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    the main point of this diary is dead on target, especially in light of how well hackett did in the rural parts of OH-2.

    there's just one thing i'd like to point out that will help washington dems "come out" though: we shouldn't be calling it the "iraq war resolution."  

    if you remember from our arguments last year, the resolution was to give the president the authority to use military force as leverage in getting the hussein regime to allow full weapons inspections.  it was not a declaration of war.  democrats at least believed that their vote still required the president to come before congress, and still required action to be taken in cooperation with the UN.

    now, you can argue that this is splitting hairs, and you can argue that everybody should have known that this president is a "give him an inch and he'll take a mile" kind of guy, so they never should have voted for it at all.  whatever.  like you said, we shouldn't care how they come out against this catastrophic geopolitical blunder known as the iraq war, so long as they do it.

    but to help that along, we should do what we can to expand the rhetorical space where they can do that.  that's not what i voted for! is another option we should help along.  we'll have to think about exactly what to call the resolution, but it should be clear it wasn't a declaration of war, and we can use that to holler some more about abuse of power and ignoring the constitution.

    we'd better decide now if we are going to be fearless men or scared boys.
    — e.d. nixon, montgomery improvement association

    by zeke L on Sat Aug 06, 2005 at 11:28:19 AM PDT

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