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Calling the Murtha Bluff

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The House will vote on Congressman Murtha’s proposal to withdraw from Iraq later today.

That will be one of the more significant votes of the war. I wish the Senate could find a way to take up a similar proposal. From a second report on the looming vote:

By forcing the issue to a vote, Republicans placed many Democrats in a politically unappealing position ‘” whether to side with Murtha and expose themselves to attacks from the White House and congressional Republicans, or whether to oppose him and risk angering the voters that polls show want an end to the conflict.

A good test of those polls, and also of D.C.’s blowhard quotient. Not surprisingly, John Kerry found a way to remind people that it was all about John Kerry:

“I won’t stand for the swift-boating of Jack Murtha,” Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, responded Friday. Also a Vietnam veteran, Kerry was dogged during the campaign by a group called the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that challenged his war record.


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