Breaking: Senate voting on Dem withdrawal resolutions (Update: Both fail) (Rolls added)

posted at 11:16 am on June 22, 2006 by Allahpundit

Fox is carrying it live. Both will fail, but it’ll be interesting to see how the Democratic vote shakes out. The Levin-Reed proposal (“cut and jog”) calls for troop withdrawal to begin by the end of the year; the Kerry-Feingold alternative calls for full withdrawal to be complete by next summer. I’ll have the rolls once they’re up.

The boss goes to the Simpsons well for a proper analogy.

Update: Kerry-Feingold killed, 86-13. Recall that the previous version of the amendment was defeated 93-6 last week; the new version was substantially identical except that it pushed the deadline for complete withdrawal back six months from the end of this year to the middle of next.

So Kerry picked up seven votes for a six-month timetable tweak.

Update: The Levin-Reed amendment fails, 39-60. Stay tuned for the rolls.

Update: The rolls are up. The 13 Dems who voted for Kerry-Feingold:

Akaka (D-HI)
Boxer (D-CA)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Jeffords (I-VT)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Wyden (D-OR)

Missing from that list: Robert Byrd. He voted for the original incarnation of the Kerry amendment demanding full withdrawal by the end of the year. Now that Kerry’s extended the deadline, he votes against? Wha?

Here’s the roll for Levin-Reed. Byrd did vote for this one, as did the rest of the Kerry 13. As did that famous hawk, Hillary. Dems voting no:

Dayton (D-MN)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)

Good for Liebs for sticking to his guns while under nutroots pressure.

Update: The Therapist notes the thwarting of Kerry’s hopes for a last-minute flip-flop by 38 Senators.

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Good lord, when will the politicians quit wasting time with pointless vote after pointless vote? They already know they will not vote to pull out. Why not quit wasting our time and money and go to work on something they MAY agree on?

Wyrd on June 22, 2006 at 11:21 AM

Demos do it for a reason. They want to pop up Bush again as leader of the GOP. They need to give him back some muscle so he can push the amnesty bill again.

These are their ways to pop up Bush for the occasion.

They now want Bush to be strong after the GOP conservative crackdown on the party RINOs.

But it won’t have any effect. Bush makes a worng move…then comes the whip….

easy87us on June 22, 2006 at 11:28 AM

We are watching very closely. But is the rest of America? Today’s votes will help define the coming elections.

California Conservative on June 22, 2006 at 11:30 AM

I’m done! For all our military out there reading this! Spread the word.

Come home now. Bring your weapons. Bring your grenades. Bring your ammo and your armor and get on the next plane, train, truck, boat or whatever and get back here.

When you get here, give your gear to the first bleeding heart f’er you see and tell him or her, “Here, defend yourself a-hole and you had better hurry up ’cause they are right behind me!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 22, 2006 at 11:37 AM

hehe Dread, kinda like this Bomb Technician shirt I saw
Printed on the back it said
“If you can read this, you are screwed”

Wyrd on June 22, 2006 at 11:43 AM

You all knows both measures will not pass the Senate.

Believe me,this is just a show! Murtha was the trailor designed to demage the reputation of our troop.

Who want us out?

EUROPEAN and RUSSIANs and CHINESE!…You may ask why?


I tell you, the liberals always aligned with the European’s position! ALWAYS!

easy87us on June 22, 2006 at 11:43 AM

Kerry Fiengold amendent is defeated by 86-13….what a waste of time.

Bush’s popularity just went up 1%.

easy87us on June 22, 2006 at 11:47 AM

These 2 resolutions are also spitting in the eye of Santorum and Hoekstra.

Seems to me that if one finds a report saying we’ve found 500 chemical munitions since ’03, (and you pair that with what Gen. Sada says), normal people might find it somewhat expedient to stick around Iraq a little longer to look for some other things that could be destructive to the American people.

This just goes to show you how little the mainstream Dems care for America. They absolutely will do anything, no matter how damaging to America, to try to get power back. These people are more than dissenters. Traitors.

BirdEye on June 22, 2006 at 11:49 AM

They were trying to rename their strategy from Cut and Run to Cut and Win.

Why not try to Win and Cut? Dems cant get aboard for the win part.

BelchSpeak on June 22, 2006 at 11:52 AM

MSNBC/ABC/CBS all include the mention that the “Republican led Senate” defeated it, when there was a very big group of defectors from the democrats

Cut and Run, Cut and Jog
How about CUT THAT OUT?!

Defector01 on June 22, 2006 at 12:24 PM

What in God’s name are the dems trying to prove????? I just don’t get it. Do they REALLY think that pulling out is the answer to all our problems? I am amazed, really. I saw Kerry last night on CNN – he was trying to spin the ‘cut and run’ into something that is actually GOOD for america. I couldn’t believe it.
I’m just shaking my head…

pullingmyhairout on June 22, 2006 at 12:40 PM

Today we can clearly see the strength that the far left kooks have in todays politics and I am not impressed.

What would be the far right position? Nuke them all? I certainly have not seen that bill debated, so I guess we now have proof of which sides loons really have access.

If Bush had really lied then more would vote to cut and run. Can anyone tell me who gets credit for starting that lie? ;o)

DannoJyd on June 22, 2006 at 12:52 PM

I wish the fathers of these libs did the “pulling out” stratagy…. Especially in Kerry’s case. Might have saved the country.

Wyrd on June 22, 2006 at 12:54 PM

If 6/100 was a razor-thin margin, what the h–l will they claim 13/100 to be? “I was for ‘razor-thin’ before I got ‘machetti-thick”.

How surprising the Democrats didn’t come up with a “cut and hop” compromise, in the name of unity.

Political satire is the best becaue in good humor there is always a good dose of reality. Best of today, from The Therapist:

Sure, it’s disheartening,” said Kerry. “So close yet so far. I’m a man who is generally optimistic right before I’m pessimistic. And you can take that to the bank before withdrawing it. Also, I went to Vietnam

Entelechy on June 22, 2006 at 1:49 PM

Just how much does this crap cost us taxpayers, anyway?

Kerry, what a brilliant career: the Kerry amendment to cut $6 billion from our military right after they’d been continuously raped by the Clinton admin for 8 years…
the Kerry “let’s pull out now” thing, the Kerry “let’s pull out a little later” thing, testifying against his brothers and helping the enemy win Vietnam, trying to do the same thing to our troops now, voting to send our brave men and women into battle and then voting against the money to provide them with armor and supplies….
And the dems are SERIOUSLY thinking about putting this kook up for pres again? You have got to be kidding.

BTW once again my traitor senators BOTH voted against our country winning, women’s rights, humanitarian efforts, and freedom. UGH. Boxer and Feinstain will go down in history as some treacherous, anti-women’s rights, commie “babes.”

NTWR on June 22, 2006 at 1:53 PM

We of the right should thank Kerry, Feingold et al among the donkey party for the service they are doing for us.

Really. We should.

The current Republican majority in Congress would be self-terminating but for the donks’ inability to do the one thing they’d need to in order to win: shut their yaps and stop reminding the electorate of why we put them in the child seat in back to begin with.

It was just a few weeks ago that the donks were doing their touchdown dance on the 40-yard line, so sure were they that “Bush is toast!” and that “Had enough?” would be all they’d need as a campaign slogan come November. And now … look at them. What a sorry spectacle of preening, self-important cowardice masquerading unsuccessfully as “principle.”

If the upcoming election were simply a referendum on Republican leadership, especially in the Senate, we’d be in big trouble. But thank God, we’ve got the donks to run against!

Spurius Ligustinus on June 22, 2006 at 1:56 PM

Spurius Lingustinus, how objectively and elegantly expressed!

Entelechy on June 22, 2006 at 2:01 PM


I thank you!


The Therapist on June 22, 2006 at 2:12 PM

For those of you who think this debate was a waste of time/money, think again – the Congress wastes money on much less significant items, oh so many of them.

This clarifies where each party and each representative stands and gives Mr. Rove and others a trove of ammo from now until Nov. 2008. I also can’t wait to see what Saturday Night Live will do with this week’s performance of Kerry & Co.

About wimps (just looking at him makes me feel protected, not!) – Sen. Lincoln Chafee was the only Republican supporter of the troop withdrawal resolution.

Entelechy on June 22, 2006 at 2:21 PM

One more thing, before anyone thinks or says “oh, but Mr Chafe is from Rhode Island and is up for re-election in a pink state…”

Compare his chicken-courage to the real courage of Mr. Lieberman, supposedly in some trouble too.

Entelechy on June 22, 2006 at 2:25 PM

I like Lieberman.

NTWR on June 22, 2006 at 2:37 PM

Entelechy, I guess you’re right. It’s great to get these jerks on record to see where they stand for history’s sake.

It’s a better waste of money than many we have here…

NTWR on June 22, 2006 at 2:47 PM

FOX just this Major Garret( he thinks this is important news):

Democrats delcare victory after the vote. Reid said the results proved ” Democrats are for changes and Republicans are for status quote.”

Right. I am sure this news report has the effect of holding back some nutty lefts from suicide.

easy87us on June 22, 2006 at 3:11 PM

Victory is based on fact not fiction.

Senility is setting in with R. Byrd. Maybe he forgot what he voted for or against the last time. West-Virginia, get a clue ahead of Nov. 2006.

A big disappointment, of late, is our used-to-be-the-sane-Senator from California, Dianne Feinstein. Now we have two nuts representing us. Why she wants to sing at the tune of B. Boxer is beyond comprehension.

Entelechy on June 22, 2006 at 3:30 PM

Spurius Ligustinus, when you said Donks were you referring to Badonkadonk?

see: Honky Tonk Badonkadonk

There is good donk and bad donk. There is also donk so bad it is good as in Bad-donkadonk

Not to forget
White donK or Honkey-donk
Beltway Donk or Wonkey-donk

Easy87us is wise. There is always a reason behind the stupidest vote in Congress. You can’t even get a vote on anything unless the power-Donks let you through the tollgate. The powerdonks usually know in advance how their donk-bots would vote, and they allot crossover votes to those deemed in need of a re-election donk-kick. Sometimes they simply want some snappy donk-blahblah for the press-donks to parrot in the free ad circuit once called The News.

I don’t pretend to be in the donk-loop so I cannot figure their strategy. And let’s be honest, Pelosi and Reid are the donk-brains behind this so we are unravelling a very tiny ball of wax.

Did they that Cut and Win, or Cut Wind?

entagor on June 22, 2006 at 3:44 PM