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Reid postpones test vote

posted at 6:35 pm on September 9, 2013 by

Barack Obama is backing away from his threat of military strikes, so why should Harry Reid risk a humiliating failure to hold even his own caucus on a cloture vote?

The Senate is delaying a test vote on authorizing U.S. military strikes against Syria.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says it wouldn’t be beneficial to hold the vote while international discussions continue regarding Syria’s use of chemical weapons.

Reid says it’s not important to, quote, “see how fast we can do this.” He adds, “We have to see how well we can do this.”

Six Democrats have announced opposition to the authorization, and there aren’t enough Republicans for Reid to get to 60.  That may even be more true now that Russia has upstaged Obama and John Kerry.

Here’s a prediction: Obama will cancel tomorrow’s address to the US from the White House.  What’s the point? Russia already cut Obama off at the knees, and he’s losing ground the more he argues for military force.  What’s left for Obama to ask of Americans in a White House speech?

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Go Pound Sand, Harry.

22044 on September 9, 2013 at 6:37 PM

But Brit Hume is ecstatic over this “revelation”/”salvation”. And doesn’t seem to care that Putin just upstaged whatever O’s plans were. Now how are they going to blame this on those damn Republicans and those obstructionist Tea Party folks?

Rovin on September 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Anything that makes Dirty Harry look foolish I’m for.

neyney on September 9, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says it wouldn’t be beneficial for the President’s political life to hold the vote while international discussions continue regarding Syria’s use of chemical weapons. No need to rush, even if those “discussions” take weeks. Or months. Or years.

FIFY Harry.

GarandFan on September 9, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Reid is still alive? I thought maybe he’d died and the media forgot to report it.

Marcola on September 9, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Rovin on September 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Good luck with that. Putin pwnd Obama. Syria hasn’t agreed to anything, they just said they kinda like the idea.

Obama has nothing and can do nothing.

dogsoldier on September 9, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Good luck with that. Putin pwnd Obama. Syria hasn’t agreed to anything, they just said they kinda like the idea.

Obama has nothing and can do nothing.

dogsoldier on September 9, 2013 at 6:48 PM

I agree with you 100%. I read Rovin’s post as well-executed snark.

Then again, maybe you did too. :)

22044 on September 9, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Here’s a prediction: Obama will cancel tomorrow’s address to the US from the White House. What’s the point? Russia already cut Obama off at the knees, and he’s losing ground the more he argues for military force. What’s left for Obama to ask of Americans in a White House speech?

In a stunning piece of political genius, Obama and Biden use the TV time to simultaneously resign, leaving the hapless John Boehner holding the bag of Obama Admin nightmares, thus ensuring a DEM wins in 2016.

peski on September 9, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Here’s a prediction: Obama will cancel tomorrow’s address to the US from the White House. What’s the point? Russia already cut Obama off at the knees, and he’s losing ground the more he argues for military force. What’s left for Obama to ask of Americans in a White House speech?

If anyone in Obama’s administration has any brains, and surely there must be SOMEONE, then he still gives the speech asking for Congress’ support. Up until now this thing has a decent shot in the Senate and zero in the House. Obama will say that it was the threat which brought Assad to the table (roll eyes) and that should not be lifted. In fact it should be upped to insure that Assad acts in good faith. He will ask for a resolution which says that if Assad doesn’t cooperate fully THEN Congress authorizes him to take out Assad’s WMDs. Since all the Democrats always believe good intentions are sufficient they will vote Yes. If Assad screws up it’s on his head, not theirs.

Rocks on September 9, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Well when the President and his SOS just got utterly humiliated by Russia what’s the point.

gophergirl on September 9, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Reid fears not just failure, but another #StandWithRand moment.

They cannot give Rand Paul the Anti-War flag going into 2014 and then 2016.

If they do, they can kiss their chances goodbye. Nothing scares them more than a Republican being the face of the Anti-War crowd. That would kill a huge chunk of their “coalition”.

Blu3Yeti on September 9, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Because its ONLY THE RACIST HOUSE OF REPS that won’t go along with the smartest President Evah.
Thanks for clearing that up, Creepy Harry.

FlaMurph on September 9, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Putin will go down in history as the man who endlessly humiliated Obama.

The Rogue Tomato on September 9, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Here’s a prediction: Obama will cancel tomorrow’s address to the US from the White House. What’s the point? Russia already cut Obama off at the knees, and he’s losing ground the more he argues for military force. What’s left for Obama to ask of Americans in a White House speech?

My guess: He’ll give the speech tomorrow. He’ll talk about how Syria isn’t out of the woods yet, he’ll vigporously trust and verify, thank his peace partner Putin, emphasize how his muscular all options on table stance was a necessary and credible threat to jump start the all-important diplomatic process, the importance of the working with Congress, etc, etc, etc. It’ll be a victory lap.

Meanwhile, nothing will happen except more adulation and much rejoicing.

aquaviva on September 9, 2013 at 11:36 PM