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  •  this sets a bad precedent (2+ / 0-)
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    greenearth, The Werewolf Prophet

    and reinforces the meme that Democrats won't stand up for what we believe in.  I don't think we need a fall back position and I think entertaining one decreases the likelihood that we will be able to successfully hold firm on the right position.

    Also consider the political "perks".  At this point congressional republicans have voted against funding the troops once and voted for funding the troops 0.  Quarterly funding will give them an opportunity to establish a "track record" of supporting the troops, whereas if they are only given the opportunity to obstruct funding with strings they will be going to the 2008 elections with a track recored of not supporting the troops.
    Even if Bush never backs down, congressional republicans will be under a lot of pressure to reach a veto proof compromise.  They will crack, as long as Democrats are able to hold the line.

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