My Townhall.com column deals with the pledge, but there is even greater urgency to the task of bringing informed pressure to bear on GOP senators gone wobbly on the war. If you are a blogger, please consider posting the contact information below and urging your readers to join in the effort to wake up the GOP Senate caucus. Send along Dean’s post below as a primer on how senators are supposed to act when difficult political decisions loom affecting the life of their country and the conduct of a war.
The committee’s partisan vote strengthened the hand of Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.) and a bipartisan group of senators backing a less forceful resolution of opposition.
Warner and his co-sponsors, Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), went to the Senate floor last night to introduce their resolution of opposition, brandishing a raft of new co-sponsors, including Democrats Ken Salazar (Colo.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and Bill Nelson (Fla.), as well as Republicans Gordon Smith (Ore.) and Norm Coleman (Minn.)….
But several Republicans indicated they would vote for a resolution of opposition if the language were toned down. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), a presidential candidate, said he was in talks with Warner on a resolution he could embrace. Others were still awaiting some sign of compromise from the president.
The Warner resolution encourages the enemy, and that is according to the testimony of General David Petraeus. Not only should it have zero co-sponsors, there should be zero GOP support for any of its first cousin resolutions. In my interview with him yesterday, Norm Coleman indicated that he will reconsider support for the resolution, and every Republican named in this story needs to hear from you as well. E-mailers tell me that Senators Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and George Voinovich of Ohio are also among those who were considering the Warner resolution prior to the Petraeus testimony.
Please spend the day working the phones and the e-mail to let these senators and the GOP leadership know that the Warner resolution is unacceptable. Sign the pledge and ask your friends and family to do so as well (more than 6,000 have done so in 18 hours.). The country is not defeatist, does support victory in Iraq, and most certainly does not support encouraging the enemy. From yesterday’s interview with Tony Snow:
HH: But Tony Snow, did you understand General Petraeus yesterday to say as I think he said, the Biden resolution, or the Warner resolution would provide encouragement to the enemy?
TS: I mean, I believe his answer to that characterization was, and I quote, “That’s correct, sir.”
Snow went on to add that “it’s very important that the base make itself known.” Senator Kyl told me that “I think my colleagues have their ears to the ground,” but they are clearly not hearing from the core of the party, a core that will not shrug off a vote for the Warner resolution or any resolution that undermines the policy already in place adn supported by not just the president but also by General Petraeus.
Please tell the candidates in the ’08 cycle especially