One has to wonder what kind of medication Democrats on the Hill are taking. When the anti-war rally fizzled from maybe 20,000 to just 1,000 in an hour of protesting, one has to wonder how firm in commitment the protesters are. In contrast it seemed the Gathering of Eagles counter protest held steady throughout, despite the weather.
So Pelosi, Murth, et al's continued insistence on surrender seems a tad strange if the constituency they are pandering to is so small and fickle. But they are holding steady on their desire to cut and run with this new Iraq War funding bill. There is the obvious hard pull out date in the bill that will invoke the veto of President Bush if it passes both houses of Congress. Also nestled in the bill are typical Christmas tree ornaments of pork barrel politics attached as amendments. The point of rolling in Katrina relief, drought relief, and even peanut storage in Georgia is to make Representatives and Senators who would vote no to this bill because of the pull out date to perhaps vote yes so their states and districts get some extra money for 'pressing' concerns. The Democratic leadership is trying to buy votes the old fashion way and in doing so they are doing the things that helped cause the Republican loss last November - out of control pork barrel politics.
Thirty pieces of silver has truly grown in value while the consequences are just as grave as they were two thousand years ago.