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Richardson Blasts Dem Leadership. Bill Richardson has slammed the Democratic leadership for giving in to the White House on the timetable issue, saying simply that "It is wrong for the Congress to abandon a withdrawal timetable." Congress, Richardson said, should move to deauthorize the war, and for a very simple reason: "The president could not veto it," as it is Congress' authority along to declare war.

Bingo! Even Bush made a point of getting a congressional rubber stamp before he invaded Iraq, so that's an admission that he really can't call all the shots, all by himself. If Bush wants to continue to reject the idea of any sort of control over his war, then congress should get serious about the idea of rescinding their 2002 approval of Bush's war.

Bush and Rove are masters at the art of strongarming the political opposition and it's time the Dems fought back.

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Yep - the Democrats are definitely trying to go for Vietnam II, here. Defund the war, cause a really fast pullout, leave the folks in Iraq in the lurch, and then complain about how awful it was for Bush to abandon them like that...

Paul Hamilton:

Excuse me, it was Bush who vetoed the funding bill. I realize that the Big Lie is that the Democrats were attempting to cut off funding but I challenge you to find anything whatsoever that would have had that effect in the actual bill.


Article II
Section. 7. All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it becomes a Law, be presented to the
President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it
shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.

Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill.

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Paul Hamilton:

Too bad there's no constitutional requirement to have a backbone in order to be a congressman, huh?


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