Only two days after being called on the carpet by his Masters of the antiwar Left, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid failed to deliver on his whiny promises as the Jim Webb Senatorial Stupidity Amendment, which would have dictated the details of troop rotations in and out of Iraq, fell four votes short of the needed 60, and died the ignominious death it so richly deserved.
Pandemonium broke loose at one point on the Senate floor as Republicans, seeing ailing Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota at his desk, demanded a competency test. In the ensuing brouhaha, Senator Ted Kennedy was mistakenly tasered several times, but fortunately was well sedated beforehand. When the machines read out a “persistent vegetative state,” Republicans raised a point of order, which was denied when presiding Senator Chuck Schumer pointed out the leads were actually attached to Senator Patty Murray, and the reading had therefore been expected. Senator Kennedy declined a turn on the machine, but requested of Senator Barbara Boxer that she “freshen me up.” Senator Dodd added, “Two, honey, and make us a sandwich,” but was rebuffed as Boxer retorted, “I can’t cook!”
The Amendment had been proposed by Virginia Senator Jim Webb, who is rumored to be leaving the Senate to play the Huntz Hall part in a Broadway revival of the “Dead End Kids.”
Okay, I made the two preceding paragraphs up. Parts of them, at least. Bet you aren’t completely sure which parts, though. . . 😉 . . . Ann Flaherty has the real obit for the Associated Press:
Democrats’ efforts to challenge President Bush’s Iraq policies were dealt a demoralizing blow Wednesday in the Senate after they failed to scrape together enough support to guarantee troops more time at home.
The 56-44 vote – four short of reaching the 60 needed to advance – all but assured that Democrats would be unable to muster the support needed to pass tough anti-war legislation by year’s end. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., was seen as the Democrats’ best shot because of its pro-military premise.
“The idea of winning the war in Iraq is beginning to get a second look,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who led opposition to the bill alongside Sen. John McCain.
Read the rest at the link above. Of course, Democrats don’t give a rat’s patootie about how much time the troops get between assignments, that is a mere subterfuge to force withdrawal from Iraq without admitting that’s what they are doing.
Spineless weasels slithering on their bellies like serpents, and yet, beneath worms in character and consequence. This is NOT your father’s Democratic Party, folks.