Hotline’s Blogometer is making much ado about nothing today, with their claim that “Righty bloggers celebrated the defeat of Sen. John Kerry’s (D-MA) Iraq-withdrawal resolution.” Not only is Blogometer wrong on the Iraq vote that went down yesterday, so are the “Righty bloggers” who claim it was “John Kerry’s (D-MA) Iraq-withdrawal resolution.”
The spin from the rightwing nutjobs is laughable on this one, as the much of the MSM made note of the fact that Mitch McConnell lifted Kerry’s resolution and put his own name on it.
Michael Crowley on the Plank claims “…that there’s a specific reason why Mitch McConnell forced a premature Senate vote on Kerry’s Iraq-withdrawal resolution: Senate Democratic leaders, I’m reliably told, had been working on a middle-course alternative allowing their party members to oppose Kerry’s plan without implicitly seeming to support Bush’s policy (and thus without further enraging hard-core anti-war activists).”
Whoever “reliably told” Crowley that “Senate Democratic leaders,”… “had been working on a middle-course alternative” — weren’t so reliable. Obviously, Crowley missed the interchange on the Senate Floor yesterday when Harry Reid “accused Republicans of political gamesmanship and sought to curtail floor debate on the proposal.” The vote was forced and per discuss on the floor with John Kerry and Senator Warner, a vote on Kerry’s Iraq resolution was promised for next week.
Here’s what John Kerry had to say on the Senate floor following the forced vote:
MR. KERRY: MR. PRESIDENT, LET ME JUST SAY, IF I MAY, THAT EARLIER TODAY THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN AND MANAGER OF THIS LEGISLATION CAME TO ME AND ASKED ME IF I WAS PREPARED TO PUT MY AMENDMENT IN. AND I TOLD HIM THEN, AS HE KNOWS, THAT I SAID NO BECAUSE A NUMBER OF US SENATORS WERE TALKING AS IS THE RIGHT OF THE SENATOR WITH RESPECT TO ANY AMENDMENT FILED. AND SO THE CHAIRMAN AND MANAGER WAS ON NOTICE THAT WE WERE IN FACT IN THE PROCESS OF WORKING ON THIS.
I VOTED NO ON THIS BECAUSE, MR. PRESIDENT, ANY SENATOR RESERVES THAT RIGHT, NUMBER ONE, AND NUMBER TWO, THIS IS A DEBATE I LOOK FORWARD TO.
THIS IS A DEBATE I WANT TO HAVE ON THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE AND IT IS A — THIS IS A DEBATE WE WILL HAVE ON THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE.
I RESENT THAT THE FACT THAT SOME SENATORS THINK THAT THE BUSINESS IS BETTER DONE BY CALLING UP THE WHAT MAY OR MAY NOT BE THE LANGUAGE OF THE SENATOR’S AMENDMENT AND HAVE A FIBBING FICTITIOUS VOTE ON.
WE’RE IN THE THIRD WAR. THE FIRST BEING ABOUT SADDAM HUSSEIN AND THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, THE SECOND ABOUT AL QAEDA AND THE THIRD SECTTARIAN VIOLENCES.
I LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING A DEBATE, BUT I LOOK FORWARD ON HAVING A DEBATE ON THE AMENDMENT THAT I BRING AS A SENATOR. IT’S ALWAYS BEEN THE PREROGATIVE OF A SENATOR.
I RESPECT AND UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY WHAT THE DISTINGUISHED MINORITY LEADER DID. HE DID IT WITH CONSULTATION WITH ME AND I THINK IT WAS THE APPROPRIATE MEASURER FOR HIM TO TAKE TO PROTECT MY INTERESTS AND THE INTERESTS OF THOSE OF US ON OUR SIDE.
I THINK REALLY THE SENATE OUGHT TO GIVE A MORE APPROPRIATE KIND OF SERIOUSNESS OF PURPOSE, IF YOU WILL, TO DEBATE OF THIS KIND OF CONSEQUENCE.
THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME IN SOME TIME THAT WE WILL HAVE DEBATED THIS ISSUE. I SUGGEST SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES GO BACK AND REREAD THE RESOLUTION WHICH GAVE THE PRESIDENT THE AUTHORITY TO GO INTO IRAQ.
THERE’S NOTHING IN THAT RESOLUTION THAT GIVES AUTHORITY FOR WHAT WE’RE DOING TODAY.
SO IN EFFECT, THIS IS A WAR OF EVOLUTION, A WAR OF TRANSFORMATION. AND IT DESERVES THE KIND OF SERIOUS DEBATE THAT IT WILL GET NEXT WEEK IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. I THANK THE CHAIR.
Contrary to Republican/Pentagon talking points and MSM distortions — “Senate Rejects Call for Iraq Withdrawal” — the Senate did not vote on any Iraq “plan” on Thursday. The “vote” was nothing more than a vote to dismiss a cheap political stunt cooked up by Mitch McConnell and his cronies, Bill Frist and John Cornyn.
My sources tell me that the Senate will have a real debate and a real vote on withdrawal next week. Period. Republicans needs to get focused on our troops, who Bush and the GOP have dropped the ball on; and on having a real, honest debate about the path forward in Iraq.
Hotline’s Blogometer has got it wrong. Michael Crowley has got it wrong on the Plank. And, likewise the rightwing nutjobs on the blogosphere have also got it wrong. The debate yesterday was not on Kerry’s Iraq resolution, there was no “lopsided defeat” as Martin Peretz also of the Plank claimed. It wasn’t Kerry’s plan – it was again, I repeat ad nauseum, for those who love to distort the facts…
… McConnell and crew introduced the phony legislation lifted from directly from John Kerry on his troop withdrawal plan, and then they turned tail and immediately tried to shelve the debate on it. This was the exact same type of partisan B.S. stunt that Tom “the Hammer” DeLay and his crew pulled in the House last year when Rep. John Murtha introduced his Iraq plan, in the famed “Debacle in the House.”
We will no doubt be seeing round 2 of lies and distortions from the Righties next week. Stay tuned for the real debate on John Kerry’s Iraq resolution…