Reid postpones test vote
posted at 6:35 pm on September 9, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
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?