Friday, June 16, 2006

Senate Rejects Troop Withdrawal

In the Senate, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) had drafted a resolution calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2006. Kerry was not pushing for a vote on his resolution. Republicans wanted a vote on the measure and therefore introduced an identical resolution. The Senate rejected the resolution by 93-6. (Hat tip to Power Line.) The 6 votes in favor of the resolution, all Democrats, were Kerry, Barbara Boxer (D-Cal.), Robert Byrd (D-W. Va.), Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), and Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.)

Kerry called the Republican tactics political games. He said he wants a "serious debate" on the resolution "that bears my name". Does Kerry mean that he himself did not seriously debate this identical Republican resolution? Did Kerry treat the identical Republican resolution differently because it did not bear his name? Is Kerry a petty man who elevates form over substance?

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