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  •  Yup (16+ / 0-)

    And I'm sure his political operation know full well that he's cratering poll-wise, on the issue, and are desperate to try to force the Dems' hand before it gets worse.

    Interesting combination of polling this morning: Public approval of the job Congress is doing shot up 10 points  while those same people said they thought the chances that the Dem-controlled Congress would find common ground with Der Fratboy plummeted. The message? "They are finally getting tough with his sorry ass and we like it!"

    Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon find themselves exterminating dissenters. --Justice Robert H. Jackson

    by kingubu on Tue Apr 10, 2007 at 04:44:09 PM PDT

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    •  Exactly (11+ / 0-)

      Bush misses one big point. The American people WANT his hands tied. They WANT him to be restrained. They WANT the troops home. NOW. Or as fast as possible.

      They don't WANT him to have his way. They don't agree with him. Nobody does.

      Except Rove and Cheney. Maybe Gonzo.

      But Gonzo is likely to change his tune next week...

    •  Here is a plan (6+ / 0-)

      The funding is there. If the deciderer vetoes the funding, let him stew. That's what all this hurry up crap is about. Not giving Congress time to get the correct message out there.

      desperate to try to force the Dems' hand before it gets worse.

      Right that is why they are trying to spread the word that the troops are already running out of stuff.  You see the Democrats are talking about a Plan B and a Plan C if Bush does his veto and those plans might be tailored to catch a few more votes from panicking Republicans.  The Democratic leaders are not tipping their hand yet about details on this and that is as it should be.

      But the Republicans correctly understand that the longer this goes on the worse it gets for them.  That is why they are calling in the big Referee from the Pentagon to say that the clock has run out and we face some sort of a Dunkirk situation if $100 Billion is not immediately forthcoming.

      I think that while we are ready to go forward if necessary with Plan B and Plan C (whatever they are) we need to have some quick hearings and get the military brass under oath and let them justify their claims (if they are really making them) that they are already shorting the troops because they have no money.  At the same hearing we need to get some the people from the Congressional Research office to explain their finding that in fact there will be no actual pinch until mid-summer.

      If there really is some sort of short term need that the Pentagon says would be impacted before mid-summer, the Democratic leadership can do a small, clean, mini-supplemental to cover just that while the negotiations on the big bill continue between congress and the Whitehouse.

      And if necessary Plan D could be some sort of clean, but very short term bill that would give just a few tens of billion for a few more months with the proviso that Bush must come back to Congress mid-summer and justify any further funding.

      This last option would be a disappointment to some Democrats, but it would really ratchet up the pressure on congressional Republicans and might be the best option if it comes to that.

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