Republicans have said their goal is to delay the bill and force Senate Democrats to go home and face their constituents, hoping for some supporters of the measure to return after New Year’s too fearful to back the legislation.
If the filibuster on the $626 billion defense bill had succeeded, Democrats would have had to scramble to find a way to fund the military operations, because a stopgap funding measure for the Pentagon will expire at midnight Friday. Such an effort to come up with another stopgap defense bill might have disrupted the very tight timeline on health care.
Score one for Harry Reid (D-NV). As the WaPo notes it was not long ago that cons accused Democrats of not supporting the troops when they delayed a similar defense spending bill trying to get Bush to agree to a withdrawal timetable for Iraq. Democrats signed off on the check and Bush came off looking like the supposed tough leader – later Bush agreed to a timetable that the Iraqi’s insisted on. Bush and Republicans in Congress did not care about the troops as much as they cared about keeping up conservative’s faux image as the tough guy party. Who else would use the troops to hammer Democrats while negotiating with the Iraqis. Conservative Congressman John Boehner (R-OH) wrote on his web site in 2007,
Last week, House Republicans released a report exposing Democrats’ record of failure on national security and notes “there is still time to do the right thing: fully-fund our troops without strings attached.” Whatever Democrats “tactical” reasons are for delaying funding for our troops in harm’s way, their intransigence is having a real and negative impact on the ability of our troops to wage the Global War on Terror. It is time for Democrats to do the right thing: bring up a clean troop funding bill without strings and without pork.
Leave it to John to fake some outrage at Democrats as Bush spoke out of both sides of his two faces. Senate Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell, a perennial disgrace for his lack of leadership or knowledge, declared on the same 2007 defense spending bill,
“We owe it to our troops to protect them by providing the funding they need without further delay or grandstanding,” McConnell said.
Who was Mitch really looking out for in 2007. Not the boots on the ground in Iraq. He was looking out for the image of the conservative movement. here it is a short two years later and suddenly filibustering a defense spending bill is good for the troops. Because John, Mitch and the tea smokers think getting more Americans better access to health care is a bigger threat to America then the country they previously called “the front in the war on terror”. Conservatives and their bizarre examples of equivalence has been a game for some time, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: Al Qaeda A Greater Threat Than Nazi Germany. Of course we’ve all heard the tea baggers flatly state that health care reform is the same thing as Nazism.