It had no hope of passing, but as a political stunt, you could do worse than this. Rumsfeld’s fast approaching political kryptonite status; forcing Senate Republicans to line up behind him is a surprisingly shrewd move from a party as inept as the Democrats.
They’re used to moral victories. Here’s one more for the pile:
Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, the floor manager of the bill, rose to Rumsfeld’s defense and promised to kill the Democratic resolution on a point of order.
“This man deserves the support of the Senate, does not deserve the opposition I’m sad to say … on a purely political basis,” Stevens said.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., repeatedly supported Rumsfeld as he made the rounds of news shows Wednesday morning.
“The American people want us to be safe and secure. They recognize it takes bold leadership,” Frist said on NBC’s “Today” show. “I strongly support Don Rumsfeld.”
The GOP blocking tactics would prevent politically imperiled Republicans from having to vote to support the way President Bush and Rumsfeld have handled the war, which is increasingly unpopular with the public.
You know what would really send a strong message of opposition?
C’mon, Nancy. You know you want to.
Tough break for the Labour government, though. They lost all their most attractive MPs.